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The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003)

Five men recall their childhoods in the 1960s.

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A group of guys, born working-class around 1949, grow up friends playing basketball at the Second Street Park in Brooklyn. Through contemporary interviews and archival footage, they look back on their growing up. Teen camaraderie gives way to seeking personal fulfillment and, in the 1960s and 70s, drug use. As young adults, several make a trip across the U.S.; one finds happiness in rural, upstate New York. One fights in Vietnam. One is murdered in 1975, probably over drugs. A few become professionals. By 2000, at least two have lost a child, there's rue and regret, and there's the enjoyment of returning to the basketball court at the park for a reunion game. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for drug content and some language
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Touching Documentary focusing on the lives of men who grew up in a predominantly Jewish, working class area of Brooklyn
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film beautifully touches on the lives of boys growing up in Brooklyn, the ways their lives continue to intertwine through their twenties, and the different turns their lives have taken. By the end of the film, you feel like you know the characters personally. The film progresses from high school kids playing their playoff basketball game in scary Boys' H.S., to the different stances the young men took on Vietnam, to continued drug use, to marriage and family. Boys of 2nd Street Park takes viewers back to a time when boys had real nicknames("Cuda" and "Bass"), and the neighborhood park was a place to bond and imagine. A wonderful yet tragic film with a beautiful culmination.


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