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Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor (2012)

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Inspiring 52 minute biography of the turbulent life of All-American, University of Michigan running back, Billy Taylor.



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Credited cast:
John Bacon John Bacon ... Himself - Author, Historian
Dave Brandon Dave Brandon ... Himself - Mich. A.D. / Former Teammate
Sheryl Carson Sheryl Carson ... Herself - 'Second Sister'
Thom Darden Thom Darden ... Himself - Former Teammate
Jerry Hanlon Jerry Hanlon ... Himself - Former M Coach
Henry Hill Henry Hill ... Himself - Former Teammate
James Jackson James Jackson ... Himself - Brother
Bruce Madej Bruce Madej ... Himself - Mich. Assoc. Athletic Dir.
Gary Moeller Gary Moeller ... Himself - Former M Coach
Don Moorhead Don Moorhead ... Himself - Former Teammate
Will Taylor III Will Taylor III ... Himself - Son
Mariah Taylor Mariah Taylor ... Herself - Daughter
Marc Wood Marc Wood ... Himself - Local Fan


Inspiring 52 minute biography of the turbulent life of All-American, University of Michigan running back, Billy Taylor.

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16 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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See It, Whether You Know Who Billy Taylor Is or Not
8 January 2013 | by ursulamcpikeSee all my reviews

Not being a football fan, I knew nothing about Billy Taylor's athletic feats or his tragic downfall, but his story informed and moved me. I was surprised to find myself crying as he reclaimed his life and went on to help other men in crisis. The film was expertly made, with still photos, archival footage, voice-over narration, on-camera interviews, and present-day footage of Detroit all blending smoothly to tell a remarkable tale. With support, people can "get back up," to borrow the name of Taylor's organization. After seeing "Perseverance," I felt better about the world and its possibilities. I recommend the movie to everyone, even those who don't like sports.

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