MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 56,173 this week

Passing Glory (1999)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  21 February 1999 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 211 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A talented all-black high school basketball team challenges the top all-white team in civil-rights-era New Orleans.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 20 Dec 2010
 
a list of 64 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 
a list of 1001 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 384 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 17 titles
created 23 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Passing Glory" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Passing Glory (TV Movie 1999)

Passing Glory (TV Movie 1999) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Passing Glory.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.

Director: Frank C. Schröder
Stars: Millie Perkins, Nick Benedict, Adam Guier
Hoop Reality (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Hoop Reality is the sequel to the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams" and explores what happened during the last decade from where "Hoop Dreams" left off. It follows the original basketball hero... See full summary »

Director: Lee Davis
Stars: Arthur Agee, Patrick Beverley, Lamont Bryant
Blue Chips (1994)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh
Eagle Eye (2008)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Stevie (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 1995 Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) returned to rural Southern Illinois to reconnect with Stevie Fielding, a troubled young boy he had been an 'Advocate Big Brother' to ten years earlier.

Director: Steve James
Stars: Steve James, Stephen Fielding, Tonya Gregory
Head Games (2012)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary that follows football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries.

Director: Steve James
Stars: Chris Nowinski, Gene Atkins, Laura Balcer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

Directors: Peter Gilbert, Steve James
Stars: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley
Reel Paradise (2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

Director: Steve James
Stars: Georgia Pierson, Janet Pierson, John Pierson
Joe and Max (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Director: Steve James
Stars: Til Schweiger, Leonard Roberts, Richard Roundtree
Invincible (2006)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James
Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates
Streetballers (2009)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Streetballers is for basketball, what Field of Dreams was for baseball. Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Krentz
Stars: Jimmy McKinney, Matt Krentz, Adrieanne Perez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Father Joseph Verrett
...
Father Robert Grant
Sean Squire ...
Travis Porter
...
Mommit Porter
...
Howard Porter
...
Mike Malone Sr.
...
Chick Viola
Anderson Bourell ...
Mike Malone Jr.
...
Heatwave Hundley
Tony Bond ...
Clanky
Khaz Benyahmeen ...
Boo (as Khaz B)
...
Antoine Toussaint
...
Touché
...
Snow Lurcher (as Damien Wayans)
Edit

Storyline

An angry black priest in 1960's New Orleans goes against the wishes of his parish leader as he pushes a basketball game between his unbeaten all-black team and an undefeated all-white prep school team. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They didn't just make shots. They made history.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flüchtiger Ruhm  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Passing-ly decent...
19 June 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I must admit that I watched picked this one up on the drawing power of Andre Braugher, based on his powerful work on the now-defunct tv series "Homicide: Life on the Street". So I guess I shouldn't be disappointed that his character in this movie strongly resembles Homicide's Frank Pembleton. (In this movie he's a Jesuit priest; in Homicide his strong moral centre arises from his Jesuit background) Despite this, or perhaps because of this, Braugher is almost always compelling when he's onscreen, exercising his range from indignant anger to his icy cold stare.

There were also some strong supporting performances, especially Bill Nunn as the concerned father of the best player on the high school team. The whole thing is apparently drawn from real life, and the background of the struggle to overcome America's apartheid system is certainly compelling.

All that said, however, this movie does have some problems. Many of these probably arise from the format- in a 90 minute made for cable movie, there isn't time to be as expansive as one would like. But still, too many of the characters are really one dimensional, and follow a pattern of set up/resolution. Rather than showing any real-life personality, they get the movie-imposed "character arc". (And pity the poor white folks in this movie; I know there's frustratingly little time to offer us more characters, but we get really no chance to get into the heads of the players on the other side of the ball and their families.) And worst of all, this movie ends with the deeply cliched BIG GAME.

Seeing as this comes from the director of the very good documentary "Hoop Dreams", I would have hoped for more investigation of the characters involved, and the circumstances of their lives, rather than more kinetic in-game action. (And, despite the executive producer presence of Magic Johnson, the basketball sequences are fairly uninspired.)

All things considered, the movie was well put together and moved along briskly. If I wasn't thrilled, at least I wasn't bored. If you like Andre Braugher, you'll probably want to see this movie, but in general, you'd probably be better off watching a few old episodes of "Homicide", and chasing that with "Hoop Dreams".

Final note: If I were making a movie about a high-school basketball team, I'd get my people to watch "Hoosiers", and then filter everything from that film out of my project. Sports are such a huge part of so many people's lives, there's got to be more stories than these movies keep on telling. In this flick, I found all the trouble that went into setting up the BIG GAME much more interesting that the game itself; why can't that be the focus?

Rating: 5 out of 10 (average). (And this factors in a bonus point for Andre Braugher)


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
trailer erin-evans
Discuss Passing Glory (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?