(2023) (Everett Osborne, Jeremy Piven) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A talented basketball player of the late 1940s hopes to become the first African-American to join an NBA team.
It's 1949 and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton (EVERETT OSBORNE) is a WWII army vet and current member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Despite having just defeated the current NBA champs, Sweetwater and the rest of his all-black team have no chance of being added to the NBA -- run by Maurice Podoloff (RICHARD DREYFUSS) - which also holds true for a current all-white team adding one of them to their roster.
Hoping to change that is New York Knickerbockers head coach Joe Lapchick (JEREMY PIVEN) who convinces team owner Ned Irish (CARY ELWES) to defy a recent owners' vote not to allow black players into the league and set their sights on Sweetwater. But the Globetrotters' white owner, Abe Saperstein (KEVIN POLLAK), who makes money by arranging fixed games with small-town white teams, wants no part of that.
With Joe and Ned not giving up, and Sweetwater hoping to change both how the game looks and is played, he spends his off-time getting to know white blues singer Jeanne Staples (EMMALINE), all while dealing with various forms of racism.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into basketball, they might have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some racial slurs, violence, and smoking.
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