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Then, just as the $7.5 million production wrapped in 2008, the recession hit. Mr. Chambers couldn’t find a distributor.

So he took the G-rated movie - billed as part “Sister Act,” part “Hoosiers” - on the festival circuit for family films. It got a good reception, but still no bites. Mr. Chambers was offered a straight-to-video deal and turned it down. He wanted a shot at the big dance.

Three years after filming ended, Mr. Chambers got his shot. Freestyle Releasing is distributing “The Mighty Macs” on the 40th anniversary of the team’s winning season. Whether it becomes a champ at the box office remains to be seen.

Mr. Chambers described the movie as transcending gender and sports to tell a story about “the equality of dreams” - in this case, that young women in the 1970s were entitled to pursue their passions the same way men did.

The film takes some liberties with details. The nuns who cheered on their beloved Macs probably didn’t wear high-top Converse sneakers, as they do in the movie. And Miss Rush didn’t have a nun for an assistant coach (Sister Sunday, played by Miss Shelton). The overall message, though, is faithful to history.