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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 »

Director:

Allen Hughes

Writers:

Jamal Joseph (teleplay), Dianne Houston (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Richard Mason
Malcolm David Kelley ... Jimmy Washington
Keke Palmer ... Kenya Russell
Clifton Powell ... Cokey
Devon Bostick ... Darren Mason
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Richard: The Queen is the most powerful piece on the board, the catch is everyone wants to kill her.
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Excellent movie for all ages
27 May 2006 | by countrygarden-1See all my reviews

In a time where critical thinking and being able to think "outside the box" are fundamental, this movie give hope to so many who don't have much exposure to things outside their little world. Not everyone in the USA even knows the wonder of your neighborhood library, or of an art / science / history museum, or has even been to a zoo. So many in our country are struggling just to learn to read. It gives hope to see these young children learn to master the game of chess, learn to know that they too can take a stand for what is right, for what they deserve. It also shows how rewarding it is to help show someone the way to a new way of learning, thinking, doing, being...to give hope.


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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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