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High spiritual ideals don't quite mesh with the spirit of competition in this sports comedy. In the 1920s, the leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints began encouraging their congregations to form basketball teams and church leagues as a way to promote fitness, wholesome fun, and teamwork among Mormon youth. However, the downside of this plan was the rise of wildly competitive teams who were a lot more interested in winning at all costs than good sportsmanship. In the 1970s, Bishop Linderman (Fred Willard) has been watching his Mud Lake basketball team get trounced in the Church League championships for nearly two decades, which doesn't sit well with him. Linderman used to be Mud Lake's coach before we was banned from the game for fighting, and with the team facing another losing season, he appoints a new man, Dennis Buckstead (Andrew Wilson), to lead Mud Lake on the court. When LDS elders announce that they're putting an end to church ball and the upcoming season will be the last, the pressure is on Buckstead to bring home a championship for Mud Lake's final season. But with a team comprised of myopic clerk Gene (Clint Howard), rotund Don (Chad Long), timid Thurman (Steve Anderson), half-pint car salesman Charles (Gary Coleman), short-tempered Mickey (Ross Brockley), and Borat (Sina Amedson), an immigrant who knows soccer far better than basketball, Buckstead's prospects are not very good. Not wanting to disappoint Linderman, Buckstead tries to recruit a pair of ringers for the Mud Lake team -- Moses Mahoney (Thurl Bailey), a seven-foot-tall prodigy who teaches sports to underprivileged kids, and Jeremiah Jones (Stan Ellsworth), a fierce player who may be just a bit too competitive. Church Ball was directed by Kurt Hale and released through Halestorm Entertainment, a leading producer of LDS-oriented films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 17, 2006

Cast

Fred Willard
as Bishop Linderman
Andrew Wilson
as Dennis Buckstead
Clint Howard
as Gene Jensen
Gary Coleman
as Charles Higgins
Ross Brockley
as Mickey Morgan
Curt Doussett
as Bruce Bracken
Larry Bagby III
as Blake Bracken
Amy Stewart
as Susan Buckstead
Chad Long
as Don Weaver
Stan Ellsworth
as Jeremiah Jones
Sina Amedson
as Nadar
Thurl Bailey
as Moses Mahoney
Mindy Young
as Bertha
Dillan Conrad
as Billy Buckstead
Hilary Hughes
as Heather Buckstead
Melanie Harding
as Jeremiah's Wife
Catherine Shumway
as Gene's Wife
Keri Hatfield
as Maxine Morgan
Bita Adabkhah
as Dooki
Dale Critchlow
as Rodney Munch
Michael Birkeland
as Referee/Umpire
Jimmy Chunga
as Referee/Umpire
Travis Eberhard
as Adam
Brooke Kalama
as Penny Higgins
Kevin Whimpy
as Trey Higgins
Kyle Whimpy
as MJ Higgins
Johnny Biscuit
as Roy
David Nibley
as Doctor
Joelle Wilson
as Mr. Snead
Carrie Bowers
as Woman With Bangs
Cathy Madsen
as Hillary
Jeff Olson
as Building Supervisor
Larry Miller
as Himself
Riley Terry
as Parking Lot Baby
Travis Welch
as Don's Kid
Kandi James
as Drama Queen
Kala Alexander
as Carlos Munos
Aaron Shober
as Ringer Complainer
Vern Cottrell
as Hairy Player
Maclain Nelson
as Slap-Happy Player
Tim Whitaker
as Slap-Happy Player
Alex Frazier
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Spencer Greer
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Parker Wright
as Inner-City Basketball Player
David Ojuka
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Zach Frazier
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Larry Schlappi
as Crystal Hills Coach
Peter Pilling
as Crystal Hills Coach
Tyler Schlappi
as Crystal Hills Team
David Callahan
as Crystal Hills Team
David Rodee
as Crystal Hills Team
Bill Poppin
as Crystal Hills Team
Karl Riding
as Crystal Hills Team
Jared Parrish
as Crystal Hills Team
Benjamin Peterson
as Crystal Hills Team
Kip Fowler
as Crystal Hills Team
Mark Madsen
as Crystal Hills Team
Leroy "Big Budda" Teo
as Polynesian Team
Daryn Tufts
as Polynesian Team
Sekoa Aiono
as Polynesian Team
Manoa Benjamin
as Polynesian Team
Michael Faasou
as Polynesian Team
Rudy Aiono
as Polynesian Team
Spencer Pei
as Polynesian Team
Nuuuli Brown
as Polynesian Team
Edward Gasu
as Polynesian Team
Joseph Morgan
as Polynesian Team
Howard Tapusoa
as Polynesian Team
Sione Fehoko
as Polynesian Team
Ray Purcell
as Polynesian Team
Tom Farnsworth
as Yellow Team
Denny Barney
as Yellow Team
Brad Plowman
as Yellow Team
Dale Tanner
as Yellow Team
Brad Arnett
as Yellow Team
Scott Simas
as Yellow Team
Dave Pothier
as Yellow Team
Mike Schlappi
as Wheelchair Player
Mike Mecham
as Upset Crowd Member
Bernie Diamond
as Old Man Player
Amber Hawkins
as Visiting Teacher
Addie Lott
Lisa Hong
Joseph Parry
Sandra Kidd
Clarke Jackman
Amber Bollinger
as Visiting Teacher
Angela Liljenquist
Suzanne Viehweg
Allison Liljenquist
Susan Murano
Jessica Kidd
Dennis Likes
Corbin Stott
Scott McShane
Jacob Stayner
as Young Dennis
Shellie Stenquist
Marianne Liljenquist
Stephanie Liljenquist
Robert Kidd
Cindy Boulter
Nicole Murano
Brad Liljenquist
Tyler Workman
as Young Blake Bracken
Loraine Lott
Alisha Nelson
Kristen Nelson
Brian Liljenquist
John E. Moyer
Robert Packer
Shelley Liljenquist
Paul Newey
Bradley Carlisle
Greg Duckwitz
Scott Barney
Jay Carlisle
Stephanie Packer
Brandon Kidd
Justin Thornton
as Young Bruce Bracken
Suzanne Tyler
Dale Critchlow
as Rodney Munch
David Ojuka
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Kala Alexander
as Carlos Munos
Brad Arnett
as Yellow Team
Dillan Conrad
as Billy Buckstead
Justin Thornton
as Young Bruce Bracken
Michael Faasou
as Polynesian Team
Carrie Bowers
as Woman With Bangs
Sina Amedson
as Nadar
Thurl Bailey
as Moses Mahoney
Spencer Greer
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Daryn Tufts
as Polynesian Team
Tim Whitaker
as Slap-Happy Player
Dave Pothier
as Yellow Team
Bill Poppin
as Crystal Hills Team
Keri Hatfield
as Maxine Morgan
Jimmy Chunga
as Referee/Umpire
Hilary Hughes
as Heather Buckstead
Tom Farnsworth
as Yellow Team
Benjamin Peterson
as Crystal Hills Team
Cathy Madsen
as Hillary
Tyler Workman
as Young Blake Bracken
Travis Eberhard
as Adam
Jared Parrish
as Crystal Hills Team
Alex Frazier
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Tyler Schlappi
as Crystal Hills Team
Brad Plowman
as Yellow Team
Catherine Shumway
as Gene's Wife
Sione Fehoko
as Polynesian Team
Kyle Whimpy
as MJ Higgins
Joseph Morgan
as Polynesian Team
Stan Ellsworth
as Jeremiah Jones
Howard Tapusoa
as Polynesian Team
Mindy Young
as Bertha
Melanie Harding
as Jeremiah's Wife
Mike Schlappi
as Wheelchair Player
David Nibley
as Doctor
Kandi James
as Drama Queen
Jacob Stayner
as Young Dennis
Larry Miller
as Himself
Amy Stewart
as Susan Buckstead
Joelle Wilson
as Mr. Snead
Peter Pilling
as Crystal Hills Coach
Parker Wright
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Jeff Olson
as Building Supervisor
Larry Schlappi
as Crystal Hills Coach
Sekoa Aiono
as Polynesian Team
Maclain Nelson
as Slap-Happy Player
Aaron Shober
as Ringer Complainer
Rudy Aiono
as Polynesian Team
Riley Terry
as Parking Lot Baby
Brooke Kalama
as Penny Higgins
Scott Simas
as Yellow Team
Dale Tanner
as Yellow Team
Ray Purcell
as Polynesian Team
Michael Birkeland
as Referee/Umpire
Kevin Whimpy
as Trey Higgins
Denny Barney
as Yellow Team
Kip Fowler
as Crystal Hills Team
Bita Adabkhah
as Dooki
Leroy "Big Budda" Teo
as Polynesian Team
David Callahan
as Crystal Hills Team
Amber Bollinger
as Visiting Teacher
Vern Cottrell
as Hairy Player
Johnny Biscuit
as Roy
Nuuuli Brown
as Polynesian Team
Spencer Pei
as Polynesian Team
David Rodee
as Crystal Hills Team
Mike Mecham
as Upset Crowd Member
Manoa Benjamin
as Polynesian Team
Mark Madsen
as Crystal Hills Team
Travis Welch
as Don's Kid
Bernie Diamond
as Old Man Player
Chad Long
as Don Weaver
Amber Hawkins
as Visiting Teacher
Karl Riding
as Crystal Hills Team
Zach Frazier
as Inner-City Basketball Player
Edward Gasu
as Polynesian Team

Crew

Kurt Hale
Director
George Dayton
Producer
Stephen Rose
Screenwriter
Kurt Hale
Screenwriter
Paul Eagleston
Screenwriter
John Lyde
Editor
Bud Schreiber
Associate Producer
Kent Stranger
Associate Producer
Matt Lyons
Associate Producer
John Preston Barnes
Associate Producer
Russ Boulton
Associate Producer
Anita Bean
Associate Producer
Fred Lampropoulos
Associate Producer
Linda Boulton
Associate Producer
Kent Holliday
Associate Producer
Brent Bowen
Associate Producer
Rex Bean
Associate Producer
Brian Holliday
Associate Producer
David Wilson Barnes
Associate Producer
Cherie Barnes
Associate Producer
Nathan Brockbank
Associate Producer
Heather Barnes
Associate Producer
Kyle Christenson
Associate Producer
Cindy Lampropoulos-Gourley
Associate Producer
Deanna Lampropoulos
Executive Producer
Dave Hunter
Executive Producer
Kurt Hale
Executive Producer
Bryan Lampropoulos
Executive Producer
Katherine Swigert
Set Decorator
Tyler Keegan
First Assistant Director
Christos Bitsakos
Camera Operator
Steven M. Weiss
Sound Mixer
Tomek Debowski
Swing Gang
Ricky Manzer
Personal Assistant
Ricky Manzer
Driver
Paul Ratajczak
Re-Recording Mixer
Greg Duckwitz
Foley Artist
Shawn Lacey
Best Boy Grip
Buckley Merrill
Assistant Camera
Kriton Kalaitzides
Musical Performer
Clark Goldsberry
Painter
George Brunt
Musical Performer
Jed Ivie
Post Production Supervisor
Jed Ivie
Still Photographer
Jed Ivie
Unit Publicist
Valorie Clifford
Hair Styles
Valorie Clifford
Assistant Makeup
James Krattiger
Gaffer
Christos Bitsakos
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Chip Maldonado
Foley Artist
Thad Paget
Driver
Thad Paget
Production Assistant
Daron Bradford
Musical Performer
Spencer Burnside
Assistant Location Manager
Dave Cotter
Craft Service/Catering
Dave Cotter
Set Medic/First Aid
Kelly Moran Brown
Line Producer
Dave Peck
Driver
Darin Lesueur
Musical Performer
Joel Stevenett
Musical Performer
Tyler Keegan
Unit Production Manager
Clark Edmunds
Swing Gang
Todd Sorensen
Musical Performer
Clarke Jackman
Foley Artist
Ashley Munns
Assistant Set Decorator
Marco D'Ambrosio
Musical Performer
Amber Bollinger
Second Second Assistant Director
Eric Lichtenberg
Production Assistant
Britani Alexander-Curry
Transportation Coordinator
Alvin Simmons
Dolly Grip
John Stansfield
Foley Artist
Mark Ettel
Re-Recording Mixer
Jeff Fischer
Grip
Myleka Bevans
Painter
Scott Sandstrom
Dialogue Editor
Josh Kielkowski
Driver
Dustin Christensen
Musical Performer
Dan Carlisle
Sound Effects Editor
Dan Carlisle
Supervising Sound Editor
Will Poulsen
Production Assistant
Jake Terry
Craft Service/Catering
Jared Moench
Driver
Doug Collins
Musical Performer
Darin Miller
First Assistant Camera
Brandi Terry
Production Coordinator
Clay Essig
Grip
Zack James
Production Assistant
Jason Allred
Second Assistant Director
Darrell Karren
Set Production Assistant
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