The Mighty Macs

Synopsis: It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time, and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball. In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College. Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals-or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them. From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymn
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Tim Chambers
Production: Freestyle Releasing
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
46%
G
Year:
2009
99 min
$1,889,522
Website
22 Views

WCAU AM Newstime in the city

of Brotherly Love is three PM.

ln the news this hour,

President Nixon's re-election campaign

was interrupted today

by Vietnam protestors,

despite 25,000 American casualties,

the President reiterated his plan

to stay the course.

Thousands of women rallied

in Times Square this afternoon

to demand equal pay for equal jobs.

Feminist leaders took to

the podium to voice,

we should be training to be a doctor,

not training to mary a doctor.

l wish l could say that life

was always this simple.

But, for me that really

came down to mo choices.

Could l deal with rejection

and temporay pain, or,

or should l sumer a life

filled with regret

because l was afraid to take the risk?

At the time l only knew

a few things about the college.

lt was all girls,

their basketball team wasn't vey good.

And, the school was

founded and run by the Nuns.

l had no coaching experience,

so l was somewhat surprised

when they responded to my resume.

But, on the sumace,

it seemed like

the pemect opportunih for a woman

who wasn't ready to

assume her role in socieh.

Hi, l'm May-Margaret O'Malley,

and welcome to Immaculata College.

How may l help you?

Ah, Mother St. John's office?

Room mo menh, take the staircase

to the second floor...

...lt's menh eight steps...

Proceed through

mo walnut oak doors.

And all even rooms on your left.

Thank you.

No, thank you.

Oh, Rally for O'Malley.

Catherine Rush?

Yes. Thank you.

Are you named after

St. Catherine of Sienna,

or st. Catherine of Alexandria?

ls there ah...

St. Catherine of Atlantic Cih?

Well, if there is,

l hope she didn't sumer the same fate

as St. Catherine of Alexandria.

She was beheaded.

Ah, here's my ah...

lt's all right, l have one here.

l see you're married?

Yes, just a few months now.

Physical Educational degree

Westchester State College.

Did you play there?

Two years.

What do you know about coaching?

Well, l know for the first time,

it'll be five on five,

full court with unlimited dribbling,

so it's obviously not our Mother's game.

lt will be similar to the men's game.

Yes, similar to the men's rules,

but the, the game will be dimerent.

How so?

Oh, we'll actually play like a team.

And ah, ah, thim second shot clock

means better conditioned athletes.

Are you suggesting that

our girls will become athletes?

lf they want to win, yes.

l'll be satisfied

if you just use these activities

to suppress their hormones.

Huh, l'll ty to add

that to the playbook.

Well... seeing that no one else

has applied for the position,

l'm prepared to offer you

four hundred and fim dollars

for the season.

That'll be just fine.

Do l get an assistant?

No, only if they volunteer.

Ah, this is our last ball.

Please ah, don't lose it.

Thank you.

Can l ah, have a key to the gym?

Oh, you won't need one.

Great.

The gym burned down

three months ago.

Here's the student's schedule.

Now, if you'll excuse me,

l must attend to

the needs of our Sisters.

Practice is scheduled to

begin in three days.

Ah, where?

l don't know, you're the coach.

Mrs. Rush...

l hope you're a better coach

than you are a negotiator.

Why is that?

l was prepared to offer five hundred.

That's okay,

cause l was willing to coach for free.

Congratulations.

Are you mad?

Why would l be mad?

You got that same look

when l beat you in tennis.

When do you start?

Tomorrow.

Like l said Cathy,

why would l be mad?

Come on Eddy, it's just a little

something to keep me busy.

Just like ah...

tennis was a little something to ah...

what, keep in shape?

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