Great Movies: Sports Documentaries

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2004 - PBS Home Video
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It is an epic overflowing with heroes and hopefuls, scoundrels and screwballs. It is a saga spanning the quest for racial justice, the clash of labor and management, the transformation of popular culture, and the unfolding of the national pastime. Here is the story of a nation at work and play. Experience it in ten thrilling "innings" from master storyteller and award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns.

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The Bases Are Loaded
2005 - 4th Street Films
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Returning to Cuba after 50 years, Hall of Fame legend Monte Irvin reveals cultural, social, and political complexities of Cuban baseball and America's unique friendship with the nation while reuniting with an old teammate, Cuban icon Connie Marrero.

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The Fight
2004 - Paramount Home Entertainment
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This documentary captures the anticipation that the bout between African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmeling generated, the events leading up to it, the impact Louis's victory had on Blacks and its significance for Jews.

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Hoop Dreams
2005/05 - Image Entertainment
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Filmmaker Steve James follows the steps of two inner-city-Chicago NBA hopefuls from age 14 to 18. ...More

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In the Crease
2006 - Stickmen Pictures
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Follow a youth hockey team's pursuit of a national championship. Features Coach Mike Lewis and comments from hockey superstars Brendan Shanahan, Scott Gomez, Joe Thornton, Jeremy Roenick and Derian Hatcher.

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Jim Brown: All-American
2005/05 - HBO Home Video
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Spike Lee directs this moving portrait of Jim Brown and his days in the spotlight, first making football history as one of the 20th century's greatest athletes, and later as the star of numerous Hollywood features.

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Riding Giants
2005 - Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
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From its early Hawaiian roots to its current status as a recreational lifestyle enjoyed worldwide, big wave surfing is given the definitive exploration by acclaimed director Stacy Peralta.

Seabiscuit (American Experience)
2005/09 - Paramount Home Video
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Seabiscuit is the remarkable tale of a thoroughbred racehorse and down-and-out jockey John "Red" Pollard, an ex-prizefighter. Together they become hard luck heroes for a troubled nation and two of the most celebrated sports figures of the twentieth century.

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Seabiscuit: The Lost Documentary
2005/03 - Virgil Films and Entertai
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Seabiscuit: The Lost Documentary is an extraordinary piece of horse racing history. This "lost" original documentary was made in 1939 by Seabiscuit's owner, Charles Howard, in honor of Seabiscuit winning the coveted title of "Horse of the Year." You'll see Seabiscuit's birth, his early life at the stables, and Seabiscuit's first race where his fourth place finish earned him $50.00.

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Something to Cheer About
2007/06 - Universal Home Video
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In 1955, Oscar Robertson and his teammates at the segregated Crispus Attucks High School rose from the hatred and racism of the time to be the first all-black team ever to win a state championship. With their innovative style of play, this brilliant group of athletes changed basketball forever. This is the true story of the coach, school and team that inspired the nation.

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Spirit of the Marathon
2008/10 - Image Entertainment
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Spirit of the Marathon is the first film to capture the passion, drama and essence of the famed 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon. Intimate, fascinating portraits of six runners from all walks of life unfold as the film follows seasoned athletes and amateurs alike in their preparation for the big race. ...More

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2004/12 - PBS
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The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Campion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man.


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