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Michael Jordan: An American Hero (1999)

It starts as a little kid and shows the man behind the legend grow up to the nba



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deloris Jordan
Juanita Vanoy / Juanita Jordan
Security guard
Buzz Peterson (as Christopher Jacobs)
Logan Robbins ...
Curtis Age 12
Brenan T. Baird ...
Cordereau Dye ...
Michael Age 12
Michael Dyer ...
Robbie Squires
Desi Arnez Hines II ...
Leroy Age 15 (as Desi Arnes Hines II)
Michael Age 15
Mark Mathias ...
Abel Broxton
Dari Gerard Smith ...
Michael Age 6 (as Dari G. Smith)
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It starts as a little kid and shows the man behind the legend grow up to the nba

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements




Release Date:

18 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Hero: The Michael Jordan Story  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Michael Jordan returns to play for The Bulls as number 45, there is a shot of him making a slam dunk where the number on his shirt is 23, his old number. See more »


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24 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a die hard North Carolina Tar Heel fan, I cringe at some of the things in this movie. For example: - Michael and his roommate, Buzz Peterson, walk into their first day of practice at North Carolina and say, "Hey look, there's James Worthy, there's Al Wood, there's Sam Perkins." College basketball practice starts on October 15 (it is an NCAA violation to start earlier). They would have been in school 6 or 7 weeks at that point and would have met and befriended all of their teammates long before then. Also, Al Wood graduated the year before MJ came to Carolina so they never played together.

  • At MJ's first practice, Dean Smith looks at one of his assistants and

says, "I think we've got a player here, Pete." A tiny bit of research would show the assistants that year (and actually from 78-86) were Bill Guthridge, Eddie Fogler, and Roy Williams. Dean Smith never had an assistant named Pete.

  • After Carolina wins the NCAA championship, Dean Smith stands at

mid-court with a mic and says, "This is our first national championship in 24 years and we owe it all to Michael." Please! For starters, it had been 25 years, not 24. And Dean Smith would never give all the credit to one player, no matter what they did. And, heck, it was James Worthy who scored 28 points in that game and was named MVP of the final four. If they owed it to anyone, it was him.

  • MJ has been in the NBA for several years when he tells his mother he

is going back to school to get his degree. He never stopped going to school. He took classes all summer in 1985 and graduated in 1986 - only one year late.

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