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Edge of America (2003)

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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8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Kenny Williams
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Annie Shorty
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Carla McKinney
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Shirleen
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Franklin
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Dwayne
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Mother Tsosie
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Homer Horton
Fraya Aspaas-Montoya ...
Francie
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Alvina 'Baby' Tsosie
Deanna Taushi Allison ...
Marissa (as Deanna Allison)
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Leroy McKinney
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Cuch
Reb Fleming ...
Stellar Dodge (as Reb Flemming)
Lyle Bahazoni ...
Jasper
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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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Live. Dream. Believe.

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21 November 2005 (USA)  »

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On the Edge  »

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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 »

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Annie Shorty: What are you doing to those girls?
Kenny Williams: I'm teaching them to succeed.
Annie Shorty: By running them into the ground?
Kenny Williams: Well, it beats running off a mountain and screaming 'shit!'
[referring to Carla's joke]
Annie Shorty: Oh, so you know all about Indians now? You know about 'unity,' 'harmony.'
[said in Dine]
Kenny Williams: What?
Annie Shorty: Unity? Harmony? All of us together?
Kenny Williams: Look, what is this, multiple choice? I don't get it.
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Edge of America
Written by John Trudell and Anne Humphrey
Performed by Anne Humphrey
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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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