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Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  10 March 2010 (USA)
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An exploration of the fierce rivalry between NBA superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during their decade of dominance.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Springer ...
Himself - LA Times
Evelyn Johnson ...
Herself - Sister
George Fox ...
Himself - High School Coach
Rick Robey ...
Mark Bird ...
Jim Jones ...
Himself - High School Coach
Himself (archive footage)
Jerry West ...
Himself (archive footage)
Charles Pierce ...
Himself - Boston Globe (as Charles P. Pierce)
Cedric 'Cornbread' Maxwell ...
Michael Cooper ...


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Excellent Documentary
22 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010)

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Exceptional documentary covering the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. The film covers their first meeting in high school, their battle for the NCAA National Championship and then their battles in the NBA. Throughout their battles on the court we get to see what made the two men who they become, what different things they were doing off the court and finally what brought the two of them together as friends. If you're a sports fan then you already know this story but it's really amazing what this HBO documentary is able to do because it's just so excellent that it really makes you forget what you already know and it makes you feel as if you're hearing these stories for the first time. The documentary is just so much fun and so touching that you can't help but get caught up in the excitement in these two men. The documentary starts off talking about Johnson and Bird's early lives and we learn where they got their drive to try and become the greatest of their era. This strong passion forced both of them to see the other as the rival and it's just fascinating seeing two people with so much passion and fighting for the same thing. If you know the story then you know many of the stuff discussed here but it's still very entertaining. This includes their first shot at a friendship while shooting a commercial and then there's the story of Johnson's announcement that he's HIV positive. Sport fans are really going to be impressed with this documentary but the film is so strong that even those who don't know Bird and Magic will still find this entertaining. This is certainly one of the most energetic and touching documentaries that's out there and it's well worth watching.

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