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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



(book), (teleplay)

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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)
Del Shawn


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements




Release Date:

18 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Hero: The Michael Jordan Story  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

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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Performed by Rodney Saulsberry
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A cinematic airball.
13 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a basketball fan, I started to tape this movie when I saw that it was coming on the Family Channel. The mere fact that it was coming on the Family Channel should have tipped me off.

About ten minutes after this "movie" began...I stopped taping and turned off the television. It was THAT bad. The actor they got to play Michael Jordan looked nothing like him. It must've been made for $350. They even took liberties with Michael Jordan's life story itself, pretending that the shot he hit in the 1982(4?) NCAA Championship won the game outright when in fact there was still time on the clock and the other team failed to score.

Everything was so simplistic, it appeared as if it was written for an infant chimpanzee instead of even a teenage human audience. They didn't bother to get the license to use the Chicago Bulls logo and equipment so they made up some awful looking orange-red type jersey for their faux-Jordan to wear.

All in all, so awful that it embarrasses the viewer.

1.5/10...among the lowest ratings I've ever given out for a movie. In fairness, I'm giving it a few extra fractions of a point because I didn't watch the whole thing.

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