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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Art Modell ... Himself (Owner, Cleveland Browns 1961-95)
Walter Beach ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1963-65) (as Dr. Walter Beach III)
Ed Walsh ... Himself (Football Coach, Manhasset H.S. 1950-53)
Sam Oakley ... Himself (Teammate, Manhasset H.S.)
Ed Corley ... Himself (Teammate, Manhasset H.S.) (as Reverend Ed Corley)
David Skinner ... Himself (Teammate, Manhasset H.S.)
Karen Brown Ward ... Herself (Jim's Daughter) (as Karen Brown)
Roy Simmons Jr. ... Himself (Teammate, Syracuse Lacrosse 1956-57)
Chief Oren Lyons ... Himself (Teammate, Syracuse Lacrosse 1956-57)
Ralph Wiley ... Himself (Sport Journalist)
John Wooten ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1961-65 / Former Director, Negro Industrial & Economic Union / Black Economic Union)

Oliver Stone ... Himself (Filmmaker)

Stuart Scott ... Himself (Sport Journalist, ESPN)

Bernie Casey ... Himself (San Francisco 49ers, 1961-66, Los Angeles Rams, 1967-68)

Willie Davis ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1958-59)
Dick Schafrath ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1960-65 / Ohio State Senator, 1985-2000)
Erich Barnes ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1965)
Mike Francesa ... Himself (Sportstalk Radio Host, WFAN)
Paul Warfield ... Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1964-65)
William C. Rhoden ... Himself (Sport Journalist, NY Times)
Bobby Mitchell ... Himself (Jim's Roommate, Cleveland Browns 1958-62 / Charter Member, NIEU / BEU)

Hank Aaron ... Himself (MLB, Hall of Famer)

Bill Russell ... Himself (NBA, Hall of Famer)
Phil Gersh ... Himself (Jim's First Movie Agent)

Fred Williamson ... Himself (Pittsburgh, Oakland, Kansas City 1960-67 / Actor, Producer, Director) (as Fred 'Hammer' Williamson)

Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Himself (Actor, Producer, Writer, Director) (as Leon Issac Kennedy)
Donald Bogle ... Himself (Film Historian)

Raquel Welch ... Herself (Actor)

Stella Stevens ... Herself (Actor)

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself (Actor, Producer, Director)

Sheila Frazier ... Herself (Actor, Producer)

James Toback ... Himself (Actor, Director)
Willis Edwards ... Himself (President, Beverly Hills NAACP 1979-89)

Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. ... Himself (Attorney)
Bert Randolph Sugar ... Himself - Sports Historian (as Bert Sugar)
Monique Brown ... Herself (Jim's Wife)
Eva Marie Bohn-Chin ... Herself (Munich, Germany)
Aqeela Sherrills ... Himself
Daude Sherrills ... Himself
Bo Taylor ... Himself
Michael Wilbon ... Himself (Sports Journalist, Washington Post)
Rudolph 'Rockhead' Johnson ... Himself (Chief of Staff, The Amer-I-Can Program, Inc.)
Twilight Bey ... Himself (Director of Camps, The Amer-I-Can Program, Inc.)
Jim N. Brown Jr. ... Himself (as Jim Brown Jr.)
Kim Brown ... Herself
Kevin Brown ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Brown ... Himself (uncredited)

Joe Frazier ... Himself (uncredited)
The Sea Island Singers ... Themselves (uncredited)
Amber Ward ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
Produced by
Rick Bernstein .... executive producer
Mike Ellis .... co-producer
Ross Greenburg .... executive producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Samuel D. Pollard .... co-producer (as Sam Pollard)
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
Film Editing by
Mark Fason 
Makeup Department
Qiana Phelps .... makeup artist: Los Angeles, CA
Production Management
Barry Alexander Brown .... post-production supervisor
Colin Cumberbatch .... production supervisor
Cathy Novembre .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Pinckney .... assistant director (as Michael 'Boogie' Pickney)
Daniel Springen .... assistant director: Tampa (as Dan Springen)
Sound Department
Stefan Blank .... sound recordist: Munich
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Tod Chapman .... sound recordist: commentary (2002)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Stuart Deutsch .... sound mixer
Jesse Ehredt .... sound recordist
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Flynch .... sound effects editor (as Dave B. Flynch)
Charles R. Hunt .... sound mixer
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Al McGuire .... sound mixer
Al McGuire .... sound racer first: Tampa
Rolf Pardula .... sound recordist
Peter Redding .... sound recordist: St. Simons Island
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor (as Jeff Stern)
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor (as Phil Stockton)
Susumo Takomo .... sound recordist: Los Angeles
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Abrams .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Michael Arginsky .... camera loader
Adam Castro .... loader: Tampa
Lamont Crawford .... grip
Stephen Crocker .... second assistant camera: St. Simon's Island, GA
Steven Crowder .... loader: St. Simons Island, GA
Kerwin DeVonish .... first assistant camera
Christopher Gleaton .... camera loader (as Chris Gleaton)
Willow Jenkins .... video assist operator
Joro Jeschel .... camera operator: Munich
Donavan Lambert .... grip (as Donovan Lambert)
David Lee .... still photographer
William Moore .... still photographer: St. Simons Island, GA
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Ricardo Sarmiento .... camera loader (as Rick Sarmiento)
Keith Slade .... grip: Tampa
Rich Willis .... still photographer: Tampa, FL (as Rich Wellis)
Aurel Wunderer .... assistant camera: Munich, Germany
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... spirit datacine colorist: Digital Intermedia
Peter Heady .... delta/HD on-line editor: Digital Intermedia
Fred Heid .... color timer
Samuel D. Pollard .... supervising editor (as Sam Pollard)
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor
Music Department
James Anderson .... music mixer (as Jim Anderson)
James Anderson .... music recordist (as Jim Anderson)
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... musician: trumpet and B3 hammond organ
John Clark .... musician: french horn
Michael Esneault .... music preparation
Eric Harland .... musician: drums
Alison LaCourse .... music editor (as Allison LaCourse)
Eugene J. Moye .... musician: cello (as Eugene Moye Jr.)
James Murray .... assistant music engineer
Aaron Park .... musician: piano
Adam Rogers .... musician: guitar
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Stephen Taylor .... musician: oboe
Reginald Veal .... musician: bass
Brice Winston .... musician: tenor saxophone
Erika Duffee .... music session assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Willow Jenkins .... driver: Spike Lee
Other crew
Judy Aley .... research and clearance
Jonathan Atlas .... production assistant: Los Angeles, CA
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Alexandra Bell .... additional researcher
Ricardo M. Butler .... production assistant: St. Simons Island, GA (as Ricardo Butler)
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor (as Shari Carpenter)
Rita Cebuc .... additional researcher
Janelle Connor .... research assistant
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Pete Curry .... production assistant: Tampa
Tracey Davis .... script supervisor: St. Simons Island, GA
Charlotte Dugan .... production assistant: Los Angeles, CA
Leslie Friedman .... additional researcher
Cleave Frink .... production assistant: Tampa
Rod Gailes .... administrator: 40 Acres
Patsy Hilbert .... script supervisor: Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Horn .... additional researcher
Andrew Horn .... interviews: Munich
Andrew Horn .... production: Munich
Bob Huzar .... data transfers: Digital Intermedia
Willow Jenkins .... production coordinator: Tampa
Charles Kouzoujian .... laser film recording: Tape House Digital Film
Jason Lampkin .... administrator: 40 Acres (as Jason R. Lampkin)
Tamara Martial-Dolcy .... additional researcher (as Tamara Martial)
Parrish McLean .... set production assistant
Peter Musooli .... production assistant: Tampa
Lenny Pagan .... set production assistant
Patipan Paktipatt .... additional researcher
Heather Parish .... production accountant
Jason Perez .... set production assistant
Susanne Rautenberg .... script supervisor: Munich
Nena Robert .... script supervisor: Tampa, FL
Tim Spitzer .... HD/data services supervisor: Digital Intermedia
Chezik Walker .... set production assistant
Edward White .... production assistant: Los Angeles, CA
Juri Wiesner .... production coordinator: Munich
R.L. Williams .... production assistant: St. Simons Island, GA
Christian Zak .... laser film recording: Tape House Digital Film
Coati Mundi .... adr voice (uncredited)

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140 min
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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
usual Spike Lee, good start but a mess of a finish, 26 March 2002
Author: Mike Jasik (Jasik) from Brooklyn, NY

Spike Lee needs to ease back and take his time. He is not Woody Allen and cannot make a decent film every year.

The same problems that plague Jungle Fever, Get on the Bus and Bamboozled torpedo Jim Brown: All American.

What starts out as a completely engaging portrait of one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring athletes to ever walk on a field quickly loses steam halfway through when Spike looks into Brown's domestic abuse problems and family relations. Looking to investigate them only to vindicate Brown, Spike shows he's only interested in showing how fantastic Brown is and deflecting any criticism.

In one segment, Brown explains an incident in which he reportedly threw a woman over a balcony, which he denies. The woman involved, found 30 years later, explains what happened, saying she was trying to get away from Brown, who was beating her. Instead of asking Brown, oh I don't know, what's up with that, Spike just lets Brown get away with being portrayed as another black man hassled by the White establishment.

While Brown faced tremendous challenges because of white America's intransigence and racism, he wasn't perfect but Spike doesn't seem interested in allowing for a balanced take.

If it wasn't for the loads of great anecdotes about Brown, provided by teammates, coaches, friends and Brown himself, and the insane footage of Brown mauling defenses as a running back, the documentary would find itself in deep trouble, weighed down by too much extraneous footage and too many long-winded explanations by Brown of his lack of parenting.

A 6/10.

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