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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 6 December 2005
The movie is based on the life & times of David MacEnulty who taught schoolchildren of the Bronx Community Elementary School 70 to play at competition level, eventually winning New York ... See full summary »

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Allen Hughes

Writers:

Jamal Joseph (teleplay), Dianne Houston (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Richard
Malcolm David Kelley ... Jimmy
Keke Palmer ... Kenya Russell
Clifton Powell ... Cokey
Devon Bostick ... Darren
Brian Markinson ... Arnie
Kate Vernon ... Richard's wife
Alex Karzis ... Kasparov
Karen LeBlanc ... Dolly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Asst. Princpal Hill
Cameron Ansell Cameron Ansell ... Jimmy's Opponent
Brandon Bally Brandon Bally ... Peach Thug #2
Yves Beneche ... MD (as Yves Michel-Beneche)
Gabe Bettio ... Parent #1
Brad Borbridge Brad Borbridge ... Player #3
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The movie is based on the life & times of David MacEnulty who taught schoolchildren of the Bronx Community Elementary School 70 to play at competition level, eventually winning New York City and the New York State Chess Championships. The screenplay portrays whistle-blowing and a mid-life crisis that combine to remove Richard Mason (played by Ted Danson) from his old job & current lifestyle. He becomes a substitute teacher and is assigned to a fourth-grade class in a South Bronx school. In the class are students with parents who are drug addicts or in jail or just scrambling to pay the bills. Few of them see a purpose in school other than meeting society's requirements, and he struggles, mostly in vain, to reach them. Then a student whose father is in jail sees Mason in the park playing a simultaneous exhibition, and beating fourteen opponents at once. He asks to learn the game. One thing leads to another, and soon the entire class is interested in the game. Mason convinces them that ... Written by Donald Gulledge

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Spiel des Lebens See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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It took producer Diane Nabatoff 5 years to get this movie made. See more »

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During Dawson's first tournament game, two different chess clocks are used: a tan BHB and a dark brown USCF See more »

Quotes

Parent: Look upon this trophy my son has won, it's a trophy for chess!
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Very good family movie
9 December 2005 | by marjchuckwSee all my reviews

I thought this was one of the best things Ted Danson has done. I liked the story and I liked all the kids! I must admit this is one of my favorite kind of stories. I think Richard was a great teacher and he accomplished what many teachers only hope to accomplish. I have great admiration for teachers who use innovative ways of teaching children who don't seem to want to learn. In this film, the teacher uses the game of chess as the instrument of learning. It may seem strange that children would find this game interesting. That's where the intellect of the teacher shines through.I highly recommend this movie to one and all.


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