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The Announcement (2012)

An in depth look at the career of basketball player Ervin "Magic" Johnson and the days leading up to and the years following his announcement to the world that he was HIV positive.


Nelson George


Aaron Cohen
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Credited cast:
Larry Bird ... Himself
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Dyan Cannon ... Herself (archive footage)
Michael Douglas ... Himself (archive footage)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Arsenio Hall ... Himself
Cookie Johnson Cookie Johnson ... Herself
Magic Johnson ... Himself
Karl Malone ... Himself
Jack Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)
Chuck Norris ... Himself (archive footage)
Sean Penn ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Riley ... Himself
Chris Rock ... Himself
Lon Rosen Lon Rosen ... Himself


An in depth look at the career of basketball player Ervin "Magic" Johnson and the days leading up to and the years following his announcement to the world that he was HIV positive.

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11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Magic Johnson da la cara See more »

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An Important Story of how Magic turned a Tragedy into an Opportunity
11 March 2012 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

The Announcement was well-received in its World Premiere at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. In many ways, The Announcement follows the typical path of a sports documentary as it tells of the athlete's journey from tragedy to triumph. The difference is that the story of Magic Johnson is one that goes way beyond winning a sports championship. Magic was able to take his own personal tragedy and use it as a teachable moment to begin to challenge many of the societal myths around HIV/AIDS. While the film borders hagiography, it may be the rare case where an athlete deserves such uncritical praise. The film is personalized as somewhat autobiographical since Magic himself narrates his story. The film personalizes the struggle against both AIDS and the prejudices against the victims of AIDS. In some ways the most remarkable aspect of the story is how the film's topic which was once highly controversial has become relatively non-controversial. The film is a valuable one in that will provide an opportunity to educate Americans, and particularly young people, about the history and the realities of AIDS. The film is well-made and edited and should be praised for its positive social contributions. Magic Johnson should be praised for his activism which has made him a figure whose impact goes well beyond sports.

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