A compelling, intriguingthe look into the lives and struggles of lower class Americans. If you go in expecting a grippping sports doco you will probably be very disappointed. But if you go in expecting to invest in the lives of two families, where basketball is their golden ticket out of poverty, then the basketball games and the journey along the way will grip you to the edge of your seat. 4 stars.
unbelievable. US critic Roger Ebert rates this as the best film of the 90s. Be warned - it's long, and it's a doco. But. The way the story unfolds is incredible. Make a coffee or grab some beers, settle in and give it time. You won't be disappointed. This film will tell you more about america 's problems (economic struggles, social / racial issues, education) and its strengths (tenacity, ability to dream big, heart). Loved it. 5 stars all the way.
1 STAR ???.Hired this because of the high recommendations but found the basket ball journey tedious probably because I am not a basket ball fan. I found the 7 year journey of two promising stars boring and difficult to understand in some parts (no subtitles to assist). Despite a thorough disc clean it still jumped occasionally the wife had fallen asleep and I could not be bothered trying to get back on track. The story ended abruptly with words indicating what finally happened to the promising stars, must have run out of time & money? I understand and like viewing the realities of America???s socio economic structure and the need for welfare assist BUT NOT FOR 3 HOURS! I think the 1994 awards were being politically correct?
Not recommended unless you want your wife to fall asleep.
Great doc, if you love basketball. My son loves basketball and it was a real eye opener on how much hard work and dedication it takes to be an elite athlete.
A brilliant documentary about both basketball and African-Americans in the USA. One of the best docos I've seen.