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An exploration of the fierce rivalry between NBA superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson during their decade of dominance. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Magic Johnson ... Himself

Larry Bird ... Himself
Steve Springer ... Himself - LA Times
Evelyn Johnson ... Herself - Sister
George Fox ... Himself - High School Coach

Bryant Gumbel ... Himself
Rick Robey ... Himself
Mark Bird ... Himself
Jim Jones ... Himself - High School Coach

Bill Russell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry West ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Pierce ... Himself - Boston Globe (as Charles P. Pierce)
Cedric 'Cornbread' Maxwell ... Himself
Michael Cooper ... Himself

Arsenio Hall ... Himself

Pat Riley ... Himself
Ted Shaker ... Himself

Brent Musburger ... Himself
Jerry Sichting ... Himself
Chuck Klosterman

Dennis Rodman ... Himself (archive footage)
Isaiah Thomas ... Himself (archive footage)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Himself (archive footage)
Dan Dyrek ... Himself - Orthopedic Therapist
Kevin McHale ... Himself

Charles Barkley ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie MacMullan ... Jackie MacMullan

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Wallace ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Schaap ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ezra Edelman 
Writing credits
Aaron Cohen 

Charles Olivier 

Produced by
Rick Bernstein .... executive producer
Ezra Edelman .... producer
Ross Greenburg .... executive producer
Joe Lavine .... senior producer
Rahul Rohatgi .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gary Lionelli 
Cinematography by
Samson Chan (director of photography)
Rob Newman (director of photography)
Thom Stukas (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Olivier 
Production Management
Holly Peterman .... production manager
Art Department
Terri Finaro .... graphics
Heather Steckley .... graphics: desktop
Angela Tyler .... graphics: desktop
Sound Department
Jason Fox .... audio editor (as Jason N. Fox)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Baglino .... additional interview camera
Mark Berg .... additional interview camera
Tom Fahey .... additional interview camera
Warren Jones .... additional interview camera
Animation Department
Aaron Kent .... animation
Editorial Department
Ultan Byrne .... on-line editor
Phillip Chalmers .... on-line editor
Other crew
Vinnie Cintolo .... production support
Marquis Daisy .... production associate
Tripp Dixon .... creative director
George Fox .... archive source
Suzanne Glickman .... clearances
Arsenio Hall .... source: photos
Gary Holland .... source: photos
Christine Johnson .... source: photos
Joseph Keyes .... production secretary
Nicole Little .... production support
Liev Schreiber .... narrator
Susanna Schwartz .... clearances
Max Segal .... clearances
Florence Zissler .... production support
Mary Bahl .... special thanks
Paul Beatty .... special thanks
David Benner .... special thanks
Linda Bird .... special thanks
Perry Crowell .... special thanks
Seth Davis .... special thanks
Tommy Heinshohn .... special thanks
Fred Heumann .... special thanks
Ice Cube .... special thanks
Jill Leone .... special thanks
Brent Musburger .... special thanks
Lon Rosen .... special thanks
Dick Stockton .... special thanks
Marla A. Watson .... special thanks

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USA:85 min


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Slowtime (web), 16 September 2014
Author: leplatypus from PariS

Well, this basketball documentary about Bird & Magic tries another approach than the amazing, fantastic, incredible comments from the NBA production. Here, it's more psychological with less highlights and more interviews! But, finally, I found it boring and as much « false » : it's like basketball which is a team sport can be reduced to only one player, even if he has extraordinary skills. All the more i must say that Magic exhausts me with his constant smile and laughs and i prefer without hesitation Bird who does his job and quits. The documentary is however interesting about their early career (rare footages) and make understand how those 2 players just fit with their city. Just imagine if Bird had played in LA and Magic in Boston ??? The other thing that we can understand is how their competitiveness and thirst for victories can never be quenched !!!

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