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Aulcie (2020)

Aulcie tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. During the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was ... See full summary »


Dani Menkin


Dani Menkin




Credited cast:
Aulcie Perry ... Self
Tami Ben-Ami Tami Ben-Ami ... Self (archive footage)
Shmuel Mahrovsky Shmuel Mahrovsky ... Self
Tal Brody Tal Brody ... Self
Shimon Mizrahi Shimon Mizrahi ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simi Riger ... Self
Earl Williams ... Self


Aulcie tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship. During the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing at the Rucker courts in Harlem and was quickly signed to play for their fledgling team. The Israeli players immediately responded to Aulcie's leadership and that year they had what one Sports Illustrated writer described as "the most extraordinary season in its remarkable history" and what Perry later called "the best nine months of my life." In 1977, Perry helped the team to its first European Championship, a prize they took four years later again under his leadership. After the season, to the surprise of many, Aulcie Perry converted to Judaism, adopted the Hebrew name Elisha Ben Avraham, and became an Israeli citizen. This inspiring film tells the story of this remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious ... Written by Miami Jewish Film Festival

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Aulcie Perry helped lead Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team to its first ever FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship. They would win again four years later. See more »

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More Than Just About Baskeball
3 August 2020 | by ReelWeeklyReviewsSee all my reviews

Aulcie Lewis is a talented basketball player from Newark, NJ who joined the New York Knicks during the 75-76 season, only to be immediately cut from the team before seeing a day on the court. But as luck would have it, Shamluk, the pioneer of Israel basketball asked Aulcie to play for the Maccabi Tel Aviv team. This decision would change Israel's and Aulcie's life forever. Not only did Aulcie take Maccabi to the division championships and win, he became a legend in Israel. And it's in Israel Aulcie would meet the love of his life, a Isrealian top model named Tami.

The documentary, aptly titled Aulcie follows the life, love, and career of Aulcie Lewis from the courts of America to the courts of Israel. Through vintage footage and stories told from Aulcie, his sister, friends and his former American girlfriend, the viewers get to know Aulcia intimately. But the film is not just about basketball, it's also about Aulcie's desire to meet his daughter he hasn't seen in 40 years.

What makes this film enjoyable to watch, is it's not just about basketball, it's about life and the many roads it took Aulcie down, good or bad, and the man that emerged in the end. The audience does not need to be a fan of Aulcie or heard of the name to get swept up in his life and his many journeys. If the viewer is a fan they will become a bigger fan. If the viewer hasn't heard of Aulcie they will not soon forget the name by the movie's end.

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