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Ballin' at the Graveyard (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 October 2014 (USA)
An exploration of the unique culture and community at one urban pickup basketball court and the inspiring off-court lives of five players.

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While a rare few achieve professional success through basketball, for most players, the journey will end on the same neighborhood pickup court where it began, playing for pride, friendship, community and great love of the game. This surprising documentary vividly illuminates the heart, humor and brotherhood at one such court: Albany, New York's Washington Park, AKA "The Graveyard." What happens on this pickup court is only half the story. It's in the off-court lives of five Graveyard ballers that the heart of the film emerges. In their inspiring life stories, perseverance and purpose triumph over hardship, obstacles and bad choices. These are not perfect men, but their determination to make a positive impact in this world will not be denied. This uplifting film will challenge what you think you know about the men behind the chain link fence Written by anonymous

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Great Movie
23 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a sports movie in the same way Rudy and The Blind Side are sports movies.

The characters ran me from contempt to compassion. I enjoyed the ride from learning about the game to learning about the people. I left feeling really heartened about the way this anarchy is like a stream that picks young men up and carries them through life. There are older men pulling and younger men pushing and it just moves everyone to higher ground.

I took my teenage sons to see it. There is of course some language that you might find offensive. The spirit behind those words made me feel it was a great influence for young people. I took my wife to see it and she enjoyed it as much as I did.


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