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When the Garden Was Eden 

In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, racial unrest in the streets and distrust of the White House. But there was a happy place where men of different ... See full summary »

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Michael Rapaport
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Episode credited cast:
Marv Albert ... Himself
Harvey Araton Harvey Araton ... Himself
Dick Barnett Dick Barnett ... Himself
Bill Bradley ... Himself
Mike Breen Mike Breen ... Himself
Howard Cosell ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave DeBusschere Dave DeBusschere ... Himself (archive footage)
Walt Frazier ... Himself
William Goldman ... Himself
John Havlicek John Havlicek ... Himself
Red Holzman Red Holzman ... Himself
Phil Jackson ... Himself
George Lois ... Himself
Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas ... Himself
Jack Marin Jack Marin ... Himself
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In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, racial unrest in the streets and distrust of the White House. But there was a happy place where men of different backgrounds showed people what could happen when you worked together: yes, Madison Square Garden. In "When the Garden Was Eden," director Michael Rapaport chronicles the glorious and glory years of the New York Knicks, when they made the NBA Finals in three out of four seasons, winning two titles. Stitched together by Red Holzman, the historically mediocre Knicks might have seemed an odd collection of characters: a forward from the rarefied air of Princeton (Bill Bradley), two players from the Jim Crow South (Willis Reed and Walt Frazier), a blue collar guy from Detroit (Dave DeBusschere), a pair of inner city guards (Earl Monroe, Dick Barnett), even a mountain man from Deer Lodge, Montana (Phil Jackson). But by embracing their differences and utilizing their strengths, they showed the NBA-and the ... Written by ESPN Films

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21 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Not a lot of controversy about this one...just a lot of teamwork.
31 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is about the New York Knicks of the late 60s and early 70s. While the team had long been unloved and not particularly good, they found their way ultimately and were one of the better teams of their era.

"When the Garden Was Eden" is a very good documentary. However, one thing it isn't is controversial or 'sexy'. What I mean is that this film is NOT about flash and style (even with Walt Frazier's natty clothing) but about teamwork--something that often isn't talked about very much in other "30 for 30" films. So many are about a person who achieves greatness or a group of players who are well- known for being 'bad boys'--but neither would seem to apply to these Knicks. I love this--as the film glorifies folks who work hard instead of folks who are just loud butt-heads--an example that should be celebrated and emulated more. Well made and worth seeing.


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