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

Crew

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