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They were television sports stars of the '60s and '70s, a bigger draw than major league baseball. And then, virtually overnight, they disappeared. Now, one man has brought them all back to ... See full summary »

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They were television sports stars of the '60s and '70s, a bigger draw than major league baseball. And then, virtually overnight, they disappeared. Now, one man has brought them all back to reclaim their lost glory! Shot over seven years (1998-2004), JAM follows the saga of the America Roller Derby League, a group of fading Roller Derby stars who, despite the fact that they are in their 50s and 60s, are determined to make the sport a national sensation once again. At the center of it all is Tim Patten, the league's founder and impresario. Diagnosed HIV positive in 1983, Tim believes his passion for Roller Derby is what keeps him alive. Against all odds he pours thousands of dollars into different schemes, ranging from starting an Internet TV show to hiring models, in an effort to bring in crowds. At the same time, he cares for his partner, David, dying of full blown AIDS, and fends off attacks from a former business partner who runs a rival Roller Derby outfit. Equal parts hilarious ... Written by Anonymous

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In 1973, roller derby died... Nobody told them

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12 March 2006 (USA)  »

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The story of aging Roller Derby entrepreneurs and the skaters whose glory days are over.
29 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like all really fine documentaries, there's more to it than just "reportage". I found myself caught up in this film about people whose earlier lives were filled with a modicum of fame and glory were now having to deal with (or avoid) the reality that that era was completely gone forever. Once upon a time, for a brief period in the early days of small screen black and white television, this sport of "Roller Derby" was a headliner and it's participants were the "stars". Like "Uncle Miltie," it was something to faithfully watch and, like Berle, it helped to sell those early 13 "TV sets. It had it's passionate fans and "heroes." Now that this is such a different time and the sport has faded mainly into the collective memories of us gray-haired folk, we can sympathize and even get emotionally caught up in the price to be paid by getting old and out of style. There is a sadness, a melancholy that pervades this excellent documentary. It's a very fine example of what a really good documentary should succeed in doing and that is to not only inform us in a particular subject but touch us as well. "Jam" is an excellent film and should have been nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary category.


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