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The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003)

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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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Angel Baby
Written by Rose Hamlin (as Rosie Hamlin)
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A film worth watching
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I could watch this documentary over and over again. I had the good fortune in the summer of 2001 to be staying in Brooklyn. We played hoops on the very court in the film. These guys were a bit older than me but I could relate to so many of the things they went through as a group. The group of guys I grew up with in the Bronx and later NJ were basketball enthusiasts to say the least. We enjoyed watching basketball on TV but nothing compared to a pick up game at the park.We played organized basketball for our high school and it spilled over the school yard.We played together. We rejoiced together. We suffered together and we cried together. Just like the guys in the film.Bravo to the filmmaker it was a job well done.


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