Believe in Me (2007)




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Director/screenwriter Robert Collector adapts Newberry Award-winning author Harold Keith's fact-based tale about a 1960s-era girl's basketball coach who inspired his athletes to believe in themselves and always strive to reach their greatest potential. Clayton Driscoll was an assistant boy's basketball coach when he accepted his first official coaching assignment in the tiny, backwater Oklahoma town of Middleton. An urbanite whose devoted wife Jean is wholly supportive of the move, Clayton hopes … More

Rating: PG (for some mild thematic elements and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Collector
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2007
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Clay Driscoll

as Jean Driscoll

as Ellis Brawley

as Hugh Moreland

as Cindy Butts

as Frances Bonner

as Coach of O'Keene Tea...

as Myerson

as Ruth Selman

as Pat Thompson

as Mrs. Blair

as Mrs. Johnson

as Liz Blair

as The Heckler

as Jim Stovall

as Candy Brown

as Melba Johnson

as Susan Grove

as Dorothy Thompson

as Miss Rogers

as Frank Thompson

as Ginger Selman

as Dorothy Crossett

as Sadie York

as Sheriff Blessingame

as Helen Burnsides

as Dr. Coffee

as Mrs. Grove

as Preacher Bonner

as Lucille Shumard

as Portia Stovall

as Dorothy Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Believe in Me

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

What the inspirational sports drama Believe in Me might lack in freshness, it nicely compensates for in heartfelt, winning conviction and spirited performances.

October 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | May 12, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It may be formulaic, but has enough heart to be a winner,"

Full Review… | March 14, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Sweet, feel-good sports flick is girl-powered.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Common Sense Media

While it's not a classic high school basketball film such as Hoosiers (1986), Believe In Me tugs at the heartstrings with vigor.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Believe in Me


What a good movie. I have always loved a movie that we can cheer for the underdog, and be really happy for how things turn out. Jeffrey Donovan is wonderful in this.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Heartfelt, winning conviction and spirited performances. This is the next true story of the basketball coach in the 1960s, since Glory Road, who coached the girls' sport is really emotional and encourage to support and share of the dream in a school team. Jeffrey Donovan does a magnificent performance as girls' basketball coach. In the scene of the pre-final girls basketball champion dinner table, the players gave their coach a special gift and presented him what they believed in him - that gave me some tears.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


In "Believe in Me," it is 1964 and Clay Driscoll(Jeffrey Donovan) and his wife Jean(Samantha Mathis) are moving to Middleton in western Oklahoma where he has been hired for his first head coaching job for the local high school basketball team. He is angry when he finds out that it is the girls' basketball team, not the boys'. He calms down somewhat when he reads the fine print on the contract and finds gender is not specified. At the first practice, most of the girls quit, leaving the team shorthanded and they get off to an awful start. The team improves somewhat over the rest of the season, but they still only end up with six wins. That does not do anything for Clay's job prospects as the best he can do is an assistant job in another city with a shot at the head coaching job in a few years' time.

Inspired by a true story, "Believe in Me" is an entertaining and sweet, not saccharine, movie that does admittedly overstep on a couple of occasions. And the ending of the climactic game is highly unlikely to say the least, but weirder things have happened, right? However, the movie is smart enough to bring up the occasional bit of strategy.

Not only does the movie capture a time and place very well, it also subtly displays the first signs of the egalitarian nature of the 60's. All of the girls are given a chance to play based on ability, not status, and Clay is a part of the community, not above it. But this is only the beginning and change like the improved play of the team does not happen overnight. For example, 1964 may be the start of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, but it will not be until 1972 that Title IX is passed by Congress.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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