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ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Band That Wouldn't Die


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  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: ESPN
  • Producers: Team Marketing
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039YAKYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In late March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colts' belongings and its fleet of vans snuck off in the darkness of the early morning, leaving a city of deeply devoted fans in shock and disbelief. More than most NFL teams, the Colts were an integral part of the city, and fans struggled to cope with losing the team they loved.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural), himself a long-standing Baltimore Colts' fanatic, probes the changing relationship of sports to community and tells the story of the city's loss through the eyes of the Baltimore Colt's Marching Band. For the 12 years that the city was without an NFL team, the band continued to play, acting as musical ambassadors for the city, keeping football alive until the NFL returned.

Bonus:
- 2 Director's Statements
- 3 Features
o Good Morning America
o Baltimore Colts Fight Song
o Robert Isray Press Conference
- 2 Interviews
o Outside the Lines
o Sports Legend Museum (Michael Gibbons)

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I cry everytime I watch it!
DLOVE
As much as the efforts of any politician, businessman or NFL executive, the Baltimore Colts marching band was responsible for the return of football to Charm City.
Patrick L. Randall
A must for all Baltimore Colt fans!
Carl J. Amrein

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sudley on March 9, 2010
I strongly suggest this documentary to anyone. This documentary isn't just for Ravens fans. Yes it gives a little history of football, but it really shows what dedication and team work can really do. It's an incredible story that should be recognized. People don't always see Marching Band as being something worth paying attention to. If it wasn't for John, there would be no us, we wouldn't exist. It's a story that can relate to anyone who watches it. I never really understood what happened in the past because it happened when I was a baby. I have heard people talk about it, but I felt like I was able to experience it by watching this. Watching this documentary showed me why I love this band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bailey on November 29, 2010
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I have lived in Baltimore My whole life. I have been a Ravens fan for as long as I can remember. As such, I am aware of the great football past. We loved our Baltimore Colts, but they were not only taken away from us, they were taken away from us in the middle of the night and with no one having any knowledge of it. Although the band had no team to play for, they stayed alive for 12 years to show the NFL that we love football and wanted a team badly. This documentary is a great account of Baltimore's past present and future of Football all thanks to The Band that Wouldn't Die.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doctor on July 11, 2013
I was in Barry Levinson's 5th & 6th grade classes at P.S. #64 (teacher - Michael J. Connelly) and never imagined he would become such a fabulous chronicler of 1950s-60s Baltimore and its beloved Colts.

This is a memorable and tear-jerker movie for this old Colts devotee but fans of any team will understand and embrace it. I've watched it six times and it gets better each time.

A superb accompaniment to the film is the book by Michael Olesker, "The Colts' Baltimore" (2008). I love the Ravens and their thrilling improbable run to the Super Bowl 2013 but the closeness between Colts' fans and their beloved teams is impossible ever to duplicate. The story of the Colts Marching Band will live forever, thanks to Levinson's fine film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall E Feldman on July 31, 2010
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The video is really a fantastic work by Barry Levinson. If one grew up in Baltimore following and loving the Baltimore Colts he or she would really get emotional over watching the colts band continuing after the demise of the Baltimore Colts. A truly sensational work!!
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Even though I have grown up in the Baltimore/Washington area, the Colts were gone before I turned 8. I was in college when Baltimore got the Ravens. So, I didn't have any direct emotional, or nostalgic connection with the Baltimore Colts or the Colts fight song. However, as a student of the game's history with many family members (my mom included) who grew up as diehard Colts fans, I had always been outraged at how horribly Bob Irsay treated Baltimore. I was even more outraged when NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, screwed Baltimore out of a well-deserved expansion franchise.

I felt good for the city when they finally did get the Ravens and I have enjoyed giving them secondary support over the years (my primary devotion will always be with the Burgundy and Gold). However, as much as I knew about the horror story of the Mayflower vans stealing the Colts away in the dark of night, it is fascinating to see this tale, and its aftermath, told from an angle that was not highly publicized... that of the Baltimore Colts marching band. A band that was as much a part of NFL legend as the Redskins marching band, the Colts band used chicanery to keep their uniforms and instruments after the theft of the team. Then, they spent the next 12 years being a band without a team, keeping the dream alive of one day bring football back to Baltimore.

As much as the efforts of any politician, businessman or NFL executive, the Baltimore Colts marching band was responsible for the return of football to Charm City. It is touching to hear and see the stories of those band members and everything they went through out of their dedication to a sport and a city. This is definitely one of the top "30 for 30" documentaries.
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By L. Hauser on October 2, 2013
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This was a wonderful documentary detailing the plight of the Baltimore Colts Marching Band after the evil Irsay moved our football team in the middle of the night. Because of Barry Levinson's involvement in the making of this story, in no way would I have expected it to be boring. Good job in showing us the passion of those in the Band.
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