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Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (2008)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RNEWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the true Olympic spirit HBO Sports presents JOE LOUIS: AMERICAS HERO BETRAYED a profile of Joe Louis the greatest heavyweight boxer of his time who transcended not only his race but also the sport of boxing to personify Americas struggle with the Nazis during WWII.System Requirements:Running Time: 75 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 883929025251 Manufacturer No: 1000037910

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of them all February 5, 2009
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This documentary describes Joe Louis as the champion who knew the art and science of boxing. It also shows how loyal and dedicated he was to his country. He donated some of his earnings or purses to the Armed Forces of the United States. He became a role model for America,and would travel the world over in which he gave boxing exhibitions free of charge. The story shows how quickly he gave and never wished for in return,but years later when he fell upon troubled times the US Government betrayed him but later relented. Very interesting story. I recommend it for many to see.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Joe Lous Bio! September 9, 2008
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This is a great Bio on the great champion Joe Louis! The content is totally engaging with intimate insight on the man by his son Joe Louis, Jr. I first felt hurt, betrayed and then angry by the way America used this Black man (and to a certain extend, Joe allowed himself to be used) for their own means and then discarded him after he was no longer useful to America (the patriotic drum beating, etc.)! However, in the end America redeems herself and does what is right by Joe even though most of the redeemption comes posthumously. This is a great view!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad and tragic AMERICAN story... August 15, 2010
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A huge fan of boxing all my life, I've known the legend of Joe Louis. I didn't, however, know the story of Joe Louis the man and the many demons (personal, societal, and governmental) that hounded him for much of his life. A story, brilliantly told, such as this one truly deserves a place in the AMERICAN annals. It's a story of both love and hate. One of many rags-to-riches stories we love to hear about in America. The underdog who somehow, despite insurmountable odds, seems to make it in spite of his many adversities. Later contrasted by the stories we love to hate and never want to listen to or take ownership of as Americans. By that, I refer to the myriad stories of countless persons of color who, too, are American. The story of the average "Joe" who is mercilessly hounded, villified, and bamboozled by an American government that always seems to have its hand out for more at a time when no more is to be had. We brazonly turn our backs on our one-time heroes as if to say "...he's no friend of mine." We call these people crooks, bums, and bandits who simply don't want to give "their fair share." One American to another...the question begs to be asked. When is enough...enough? The story of Joe Louis (the man in front of all those myths and legends) is one that you'll soon never forget. It is our story. An American story. A story that should leave us all wondering " this the way we want to be remembered for treating the befallen among us?" God...I hope not!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of history April 27, 2009
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This is a great DVD for anyone who's a boxing fan or just someone who's curious about American History. Joe Louis was and is still one of America's great heroes.
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