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Apple Pie (2002)

A riveting film about extraordinary athletes and their mothers.





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Credited cast:
Drew Bledsoe ... Himself
... Herself
... Herself
... Himself
Cammi Granato ... Herself
Tony Granato ... Himself
... Herself
Grant Hill ... Himself
Kenny Lofton ... Himself
... Himself
Ed Weihenmayer ... Himself
... Himself


"Apple Pie," which highlights extraordinary athletes and their moms, is a tribute to the often invisible strength, courage, and power of mothers. The film features NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe who claims to have inherited his arm from his mother, Barbara, who could out-throw all the boys in her high school class; baseball star Kenny Lofton, who was raised by his grandmother, Rosie-Lou, a sharecopper; NBA star Shaquille O'Neal whose mother, Lucille Harrison, faxed over a contract requiring Shaquille to wear a helmet when he purchased his motorcycle last year; Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to summit Mount Everest; as well as the stories of soccer star Mia Hamm (whose grandmother was a baseball player); race car driver Sarah Fisher; soccer player Brandi Chastain; Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner; hockey duo of Tony Granato (San Jose Sharks) and Cammie Granato (Olympic gold medalist), among others. Written by Mary Mazzio

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Apple Pie, about famous athletes and mothers, is a terrific film.
12 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I caught APPLE PIE on ESPN and, as an avid ESPN viewer, thought that this film was unusual because it did not focus, as most sports films do, on statistics, career highlights, and pure athletic achievement. Instead, this film focused on the influence of mothers on their sons and daughters and lessons taught early on. Many of these athletes, who include some of the best athletes on the planet (Shaquille O'Neal, Mia Hamm, Grant Hill, Drew Bledsoe as well as a number of Olympic athletes) failed miserably early in their careers, either on the field or off. And it was often their mothers who helped them to overcome obstacles, who encouraged them to day dream, and who cheered them on when they lost. The movie is moving, but also very funny. Shaq teaches his mother how to ride a Harley and she teaches him run-way model posses. The film is also emotional and poignant. Erik Weihenmayer, the blind climber who climbed Mount Everest reflects on the loss of his mother. He says that he can't find her when he visits her grave. Instead he finds her in the crunch of show under his feet, in the warmth of the rock he climbs, and in the wind. This film is a wonderful piece of work. I was very moved.

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