A never-before-told chapter in Olympic history comes to life in the inspirational sports drama SPIRIT OF THE GAME, debuting on DVD and Digital February 7, 2017, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Aaron Jakubenko (MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles”), Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, TV’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Wade Briggs (TV’s “Please Like Me”), this rousing tale follows a group of young missionaries traveling in Australia who are recruited to help the fledgling Australian national basketball team compete in their first Olympics. In doing so, they help unite a nation still reeling from the aftermath of World War II. Written and directed by J.D. Scott (TV’s “Making a Splash,” The Playbook) and co-starring Grant Piro (Predestination), Mark Mitchell (TV’s “Round the Twist”), Anna McGahan (100 Bloody Acres) and Heidi Arena (EMO the Musical), SPIRIT OF THE GAME is an uplifting movie about faith and competition that will have audiences of all ages cheering. The DVD and digital release of the film comes with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.
Synopsis: It’s 1956 and twenty-year-old Delyle Condie is on top of the world. MVP of his college basketball team (University of Utah) and engaged to Emily, his high school sweetheart, life is looking pretty good. That is, until the second round of the NCAA tournament. Midway through the most important game of his life, Emily unexpectedly breaks off her engagement to Delyle. Heartbroken, Delyle makes the spontaneous decision to quit basketball and embark on a mission for his church. His destination: Melbourne, Australia. A city gripped with Olympic fever, Delyle’s first encounters with the Aussies are not encouraging. He struggles to maintain his spirits when faced with the indifference of the locals, but when an opportunity arises to help train Australia’s first Olympic basketball team, Delyle sees his chance to connect with them. His passion leads to the formation of the Mormon Yankees basketball team, and in the run up to the Games, fierce competition with the French leads to a bloody rematch, through which Delyle and his Yankees are able to prove their faith – and their mettle – to the world.
Bonus Features Include:
- Making of Featurette
SPIRIT OF THE GAME was produced by Kate Whitbread, Spencer McLaren, and Steve Jaggi. Executive producers are Janine Pearce, J.D. Scott, Craig Deeker, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, and Devin Durrant. It has a run time of approximately 95 minutes and is rated PG for mild thematic elements.