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The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  21 January 2003 (USA)
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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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I switched to this thing twenty minutes in and it really hooked me. I was in a flipping mood too, but I started to care about these guys almost immediately and put down the remote. Some of it is captivating. Like a scene in which the loss of a child is communicated in painstaking detail by the heartbroken father. At times the tone can be overly sentimental, but in this case, I won't begrudge the film maker his love of subject. It's kinda like the regular guys Big Chill. The Summer of Love leaves some free and others on a road of drug addiction and ruin. Plenty of honesty on display. Well edited and scored. The music especially evoking.


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