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No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 

There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the ... See full summary »

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There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the events and how they have left a mark on the town he calls home. Written by glenchapman@ruraltel.net

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14 April 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

30 for 30: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Near perfect documentary takes a look at the 1993 incident at a bowling alley where a fight broke out and in the end four black men, including Allen Iverson, were charged with crimes. The troubled Iverson ended up being convicted and sentenced to five years in prison, which started hot debate and many racial issues. Director James is best known for HOOP DREAMS and this one here is yet another impressive documentary. One really has to take their hats off to ESPN for allowing a subject matter like this to make it onto the air waves. This 30 for 30 series promised to be something special and it's turned out to be and allowing the subject matter of race to be looked at so openly is certainly a brave mood. It should go without saying but there were two sides of the incident and various sides as to why Iverson was charged. Many felt it was because he was black. Some felt it was because he was a thug who had already gotten away with so much. Others felt it was a political move and yet other conspiracy theories are given time including one that it was a conspiracy to keep major colleges away from him so that he could attend a local, small school and in return bring more money back to the community. I'm sure both sides watching this thing will have their blood boiling but at least James is honest and open on all issues. He digs deep into the racial issues of 1993 as well as the impact they have on current times. James admits that many people refused to be interviewed for this film and that includes Iverson, although we get plenty of video footage from him and earlier interviews. I don't think there's a soul alive that has said Iverson doesn't have talent. At the same time I don't think anyone has said that he was an angel. Seeing how opposite sides fought their battles makes for some riveting drama but at least we get an honest look at the subject.


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