The Mighty Macs is a must-see movie that is the true story of the 1972 Immaculata College women’s basketball team who won the first women’s college championship as a cinderella team. This is a G-Rated film that is for the whole family and offers a full pallette for the senses with action, love, humor, drama, and faith. The acting is very good and has a wonderful cast led by Carla Gugino who plays coach Cathy Rush who inspires her team to greatness. Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn plays Mother St. John, who is joined by a group of nuns at Immaculata College who portray very well the joys and struggles of the calling to be a nun.
I had the priviledge of seeing a preview of this movie at the Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City on October 1st hosted by distributors The Maximus Group. The crowd I watched this with included priests and nuns and lay people from around America and Europe who all enjoyed this movie and gave it high marks. This movie reminds me of great Catholic movies of the past like The Bells of St. Mary’s that were wholesome and entertaining and have a positive message. We need more films like this in the theaters and it is promising that we are blessed with this film and The Way in our current movie houses.
The Mighty Macs were a very historic team to women’s sports as they won the first Women’s National Collegiate Basketball Championship in America and went on to win two more consecutive times in 1973 & 1974. Cathy Rush and her team are now honored to be part of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennesee.
The gala premier of the film was in Philadelphia now home to Immaculata University, where the cast and the original Mighty Macs came to watch the opener with lots of media present. I was pleased to see my friend on Facebook, Father Jay Finelli, who was interviewing the cast for his iPadre Podcast. Look for his podcast to come out soon about his experience at this gala event. I urge you to take the time to watch this great movie.