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9 November 2010 (Season 1, Episode 29)
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 (Episode Cast)
Fred Akers ... Himself
Mick Cornett ... Himself
Marcus Dupree ... Himself

Anthony Mackie ... Narrator (voice)
Barry Switzer ... Himself
Randy Vataha ... Himself
John Walton ... Breakers Quarterback (archive footage)

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bryant Gumbel ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Robinson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jonathan Hock 
Writing credits
Jonathan Hock (written by)

Produced by
Philip A. Aromando .... producer (as Philip Aromando)
Chris Connelly .... consulting producer
John Dahl .... executive producer
Arunima Dhar .... producer
Alex Evans .... associate producer
Deirdre Fenton .... associate producer
Joan Lynch .... executive producer
Connor Schell .... executive producer
Bill Simmons .... executive producer
Michael Tollin .... consulting producer
Mitch Wright .... producer
Original Music by
Phil Hernandez 
Chris Maxwell 
Robert Miller 
Joel Beckerman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Alastair Christopher 
Film Editing by
Steven Pilgrim 
Sound Department
Martin Czembor .... re-recording mixer
Martin Czembor .... sound editor
Editorial Department
Ben Vaughn .... post consultant
Music Department
Ben Butler .... musician: dobro
Charles Giordano .... musician: accordion
Mickey Raphael .... musician: harmonica
Other crew
Stephanie Bencin .... researcher
Cari Davine .... vp of business affairs
Benjamin Fertig .... additional production support
Eric M. Johnson .... executive in charge
Steve Sabol .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Directed by
Reggie Rock Bythewood (2009-2010)
Bill Couturié (2009-2010)
Jonathan Hock (2009-2010)
Steve James (2009-2010)
Lucas Jansen (2009-2010)
Adam Kurland (2009-2010)
Brett Morgen (2009-2010)
Ron Shelton (2009-2010)
Jeff Zimbalist (2009-2010)
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101 min | 51 min

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
What Could Have Been, 9 November 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

30 for 30: The Best That Never Was (2010)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

A rather depressing look at Marcus Dupree, a teenager who was growing up in the small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi who quickly became one of the highest recruited football players in history. After a swarm of recruiters, Dupree finally went to Oklahoma where he had an amazing Freshman year but things took a turn the following year and soon this once untouchable figure had a future that no one was certain about. I'm sure we've all seen countless films or documentaries that discussed great talent that would eventually find the top only to fall and then have to rebuild and make their way to the top again. This film is pretty much different because Dupree was looked at as one of the greatest high school players ever and then his career would pretty much be over in a few years and no one ever really got to see how great he could have been. The fact that Dupree never made it to the top is the main focus of this film and I don't see how anyone could watch this and not feel horrible for the man. There's a bit of redemption where Dupree was finally able to fulfill a dream and that I won't ruin for those unfamiliar with his story. I think director Jon Hock did a very good job at telling us the story and telling it from as many different point of views as possible. We hear from Dupree but we also hear from those who recruited him, friends of his and even from the man who probably stole a lot of money from him. I think the film did a very good job at explaining everything that was going on in this kids life and how he was pretty much thrown away before the age of 24. I'm sure many people will probably remember Dupree but I was way too young to know anything about him and I was certainly too young to see him play. While watching the film it really played out as a mystery how someone with his talent wouldn't eventually find the top of the mountain but I thought Dupree came off very respectable here and you can't help but wonder what he thought about what could have been.

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