Edge of America (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  21 November 2005 (USA)
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Based on a true story, a black educator takes a job teaching high-school English at the Three Nations Reservation, and is coaxed into coaching the girls basketball team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Williams
Annie Shorty
Carla McKinney
Mother Tsosie
Homer Horton
Fraya Aspaas-Montoya ...
Trini King ...
Alvina 'Baby' Tsosie
Deanna Taushi Allison ...
Marissa (as Deanna Allison)
Leroy McKinney
Reb Fleming ...
Stellar Dodge (as Reb Flemming)
Lyle Bahazoni ...


Based on a true story, a black educator takes a job teaching high-school English at the Three Nations Reservation, and is coaxed into coaching the girls basketball team.

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In the radio broadcasting room, when Mr. William's asks the class if they're all in to participate on the radio, Shirleen, then her boyfriend are the first to raise their hands. But then, after the camera pans to the other students and back to them, his arm is around her shoulders and she has to prompt him to raise his hand. See more »


Annie Shorty: Those girls do everything you ask them to do. They practice hard, they get good grades, they win.
Kenny Williams: Then you tell me why I'm pissed off.
Annie Shorty: Because you're a black man in America.
Kenny Williams: That's right. I'm good and pissed off.
Annie Shorty: Well then get over it! You're talking to Indian people here. Get over it, get on with it or get the hell out!
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Written by Stephen Edwards
Performed by Jim Gilstrap, Julie Delgado and Lisa Vaughn
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The actual story is far superior
21 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another viewer wrote: "Killer premise: Black male teacher is recruited suddenly to teach English at an Indian reservation high school and takes over as coach of the hapless girls basketball team." Actually, it wasn't an original premise at all, but a true story.

Just enough details were changed by the producers to avoid having to pay for the rights to the life of coach Jerry Richardson and the young women of the Shiprock, New Mexico Lady Chieftains high school basketball team. An award-winning documentary ("Rocks With Wings") about Coach Richardson, the team, and their profound influence upon life on the Navajo Reservation had already played across the country and aired on PBS before Chris Eyre and Willy Holtzman attempted their awkward adaptation-- "Rocks With Wings" tells the same story, but with far greater insight and subtlety, as well as a few more plot twists. I would recommend that documentary over "Edge of America" to anyone interested in this story.

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