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Cast: Jessica Hecht, Rooney Mara, Emily Rios, Sam Rockwell, Shareeka Epps, Melanie Hinkle, Devin Ratray, Lynn Mancinelli, Emma Roberts, Margo Martindale, Marceline Hugot, Meaghan Witri, Seth Herzog, Shana Dowdeswell, Rod Brogan, Brian Berrebbi, Connor Paolo, E.J. Carroll, Kevin Breznahan, Sara Chase, Rob Corddry, Kevin Cannon, Anna Kuchma, Dominick LaRuffa Jr., Gary Cherkassky, Ralph Meyer, Chelsea Marino, Stephanie Beltz, Alicia Tsai, Stefanie Grassley, Daniel Fainman, Ella Jane New, Mauricio Ovalle, Bradley Clarke, Cassie Hansen, Colleen Broomall, Lourdes Torres, Danicah Waldo, Celeste Rojas, Ella Mische, Daniel B. Roy, Robert Keir, Laura Hammer, Angelina Aucello, Lynn Lamanno, JR Carter, Marmee Cosico, Clarke Thorell, Angie Bullaro, Caitlin Colford, Corinne Palermo, Sharon Gruber, Clifford Rivera, Kelli Chaves, James Malone, Noriko Sato, Pauline Sherrow, Luciana Faulhaber, Bobby Lundon, Stacey Maltin, Ashley Nardozi, Enrique Sebastian Rivas, Christine Osterhoudt, Jonathan Lang, Lisa Chiariello Coons, Pamela Guthrie, Amy Garay, Brooke Sidkoff, Maura Ruth Hashman, Franco Bulaon, Vanessa Gordillo, Rhonda Keyser, Harry L. Seddon, Christopher King, Colby Minifie, Chelsey Garner, Sarah Purtzer, James Thomas Bligh, Ingrid Johnson, Danya LaBelle, Dawn Ressy, Jennifer Regan, Ed Jewett, Melissa Graver, Sophia Paulmier, Janis Grossman, Santo D'Asaro, William Wiggins, Adriene Couvillion ...LESS
"James Strouse, who brought Grace Is Gone to Sundance in 2007, where it won the dramatic Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, once again displays his talent for storytelling—and his deft touch as a director—in this superbly wrought tale, The Winning Season. Sam Rockwell... MORE
"James Strouse, who brought Grace Is Gone to Sundance in 2007, where it won the dramatic Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, once again displays his talent for storytelling—and his deft touch as a director—in this superbly wrought tale, The Winning Season. Sam Rockwell stars as an alcoholic ex-basketball star who is currently occupied busing tables. When he is handed the reins of a girl's varsity team by the school's principal, what ensues is tempestuous and trying for all concerned. The course of this wonderfully heartfelt drama is both unexpected and full of the kind of rich oh-so-human moments that marked Strouse's earlier work; the result is a completely gratifying cinematic drama. The battles to be won or lost—of a coach and his team, of a father and a daughter, and of a man struggling with his demons-are complicated by the mundane, yet real, dilemmas of life. This seemingly ordinary basketball drama resonates with wit and truth, attitude and sharp dialogue, and perfectly toned performances. Rockwell is spot on with his depiction of the scruffy, conflicted coach/father/teacher, and Strouse's work is full of humor and poignancy, insight and fun. Strouse is a director who transforms the unexceptional into wry dialogues about our humanity. His effectiveness as a filmmaker marks him as one of the most talented of a new generation of American independents." Quoting the description from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival site. LESS
Set in suburban Indiana, the film stars Rockwell as Bill Greaves, an adult misfit recruited by the local high school principal (Corddry) to coach the school's floundering girls' basketball team. Initially retreating from what appears to be a hopeless situation, Bill perseveres and manages to help the team and its captain (Roberts) ratchet up its competitive spirit, while the girls offer Bill a renewed life focus. THE WINNING SEASON also stars Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios and Margo Martindale. Starring: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios, Rooney Mara, Connor Paolo, Jessica Hecht Director: James C. Strouse Screenwriter: James C. Strouse
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