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While the production elements such as music, voice over etc., show their age, the story itself is deeply engrossing even for non-basketball fans. The filmmakers spend so much time with their two protagonists and capture such surprisingly intimate moments of their young basketball careers that we care about every jump-shot and hold our collective breath as the ball bounces around the rim teetering between in and out.
While not the most important documentary ever made, it does seem to be the one that digs most deeply into its characters.
It’s pure documentary, it’s a time capsule for a period of time for two young men that typify the ambitions of a generation.
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This movie ranks #16 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's Documentary Top 50
This movie ranks #38 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #39 in 100 American Independent Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #82 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
This movie ranks #104 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
This movie ranks #136 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #311 in The Criterion Collection
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This movie ranks #436 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #444 in National Film Registry
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