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Aro Recommended ESPN: 30 for 30

 

aka: 30 Films 30 years of sporting History
USA 2012-2015, 964 minutes
Dir. Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Documentary / Controversy

Topics: Sport, Biopic.

 

Synopsis: In 2009, ESPN commissioned an unprecedented series of documentary films that reveal the little-known stories behind some of the most dramatic, inspiring and controversial sporting events and personalities of the past three decades.

The Second Chapter:

"Catching Hell" - The relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. 103 Minutes

"Charismatic" - The run of Charismatic and his jockey, Chris Antley, at the 1999 Triple Crown. 50 minutes

"The Dotted Line" - Sports agents Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee are profiled with their clients Johan Santana, Jacquian Williams and Robert Hughes. 51 minutes

"The Real Rocky" - A profile of Chuck Wepner, the original inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa character. 51 minutes

"The Marinovich Project" - A look at the rise and fall of former USC and NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich. 78 Minutes

"Renee" - The life of transgender tennis player Renée Richards. 77 minutes

"Unguarded" - The story of Chris Herren, a high school basketball star and NBA player and his struggle with drug abuse. 77 Minutes

"The Announcement" - The events and aftermath of former Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson announcing to the world that he tested positive for HIV. 80 Minutes

"Broke" - An exploration of financial difficulties and bankruptcy, as experienced by top pro athletes including Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison, Keith McCants, and Cliff Floyd. 79 Minutes

"Benji" - The life of Ben Wilson, a well-regarded Chicago high school basketball star, and the wide-ranging impact of his murder in 1984. 77 minutes

"You Don't Know Bo" - A profile of Bo Jackson and how his sucesss in two sports captured the public's imagination and made Jackson a cultural (and marketing) icon. 76 minutes

"Roll Tide / War Eagle" - The growing rivalry between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. 51 minutes

"There's No Place like Home" - The story of one fan's obsessive quest to purchase James Naismith's original rules of basketball. 59 minutes

"Ghosts of Ole Miss" - This chapter explores the tumultuous events of 1962, when the University of Mississippi campus both erupted in violence over integration and swelled with pride over its unbeaten football team. 55 minutes

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DVD Features

  • no extra features
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
  • 6-disc set
 

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