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Knights of the South Bronx


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  • Actors: Stephen Suckling, Keke Palmer, David Clement, Scott Patterson, Michael Hanrahan
  • Directors: Allen Hughes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJBYBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Knights of the South Bronx" on IMDb

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Middle-aged and recently unemployed, Richard Mason (Ted Danson) decides to return to his first love: teaching. He finds a job as an inner-city schoolteacher teaching fourth grade. Richard discovers a way to reach out to his skeptical students through the game of chess. Against all odds, he inspires his students to become champions, not only at chess, but in life! Ted Danson gives a compelling performance in this heroic, heartwarming story based on true events co-starring Keke Palmer and Malcolm David Kelley. Knights of the South Bronx proves that no matter who you are or where you come from, if you play like a winner, you can be a king!

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Under-funded schools with a large percentage of poverty-ridden students often find it difficult to provide a high quality education, but sometimes it just takes one special teacher to spark the interests and intellects of an entire classroom of children. Richard Mason (Ted Danson), a white-haired, recently unemployed businessman, decides to revive his long-dormant passion for teaching by accepting a substitute teaching position at a poverty ridden public school in the South Bronx. Thrown into a fourth-grade classroom, Mr. Mason is at first doubtful of his ability to positively impact a classroom of students that include a smart-mouthed, seemingly stupid boy named Jimmy (Malcom David Kelley), a crack-addict's daughter Kenya (Keke Palmer), French immigrant M.D. (Yves Michel-Beneche), and Kindergartner Dawson (Antonio Ortiz) who has no place to go but his sister's classroom once his half-day Kindergarten class finishes for the day. When student Jimmy stumbles upon Mr. Mason in the park one weekend, he discovers that his teacher is a brilliant chess player and becomes completely intrigued by the game. Suddenly, Mr. Mason realizes that the game of chess might just provide a whole new way to reach a classroom full of unwilling students. Soon, his students are showing up early for school in order to play chess, participating in class, and even doing their homework. As Mr. Mason encourages his students to perfect their games and enter a local chess tournament, each child's sense of self-worth grows as do their test scores in all subjects. Ultimately, the children become superior chess players as well as firm believers that if they refuse to give in to anger and use their intellect, they can become just about anything they want to be. Based on the true experience of David MacEnulty, Knights of the South Bronx is a well-acted, potent presentation about the power of intellect and self-confidence. (Ages 8 and older with parental guidance) --Tami Horiuchi

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An outstanding movie -- good cast, plot, heartwarming.
douglas van antwerp
Mason, dealing with his own demons at home, finds a new life in the classroom and so do the students.
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I do not know how they can geat things like this so cheap.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andre L. Wilson on January 26, 2008
Format: DVD
The movie was great. I enjoyed it. The child actors are good, and Ted Danson is just excellent. By and large, the actors, the storyline, and the chess seem credible, realistic and on target. As a chess player, I could see that the chess teaching techniques used are textbook, so there is nothing fake or phony about this story.

I'm a believer in the main message of the movie, that I chess is able to boost a child academically, and that..."chess is a battle of the mind....it does not care who you are, what color you are, or where you come from..."

Having just taught my 5 year old daughter how to play chess, I find that the grittiness of the South Bronx depicted in the film, and the bad language used is too much for my daughter's view right now. This is a pity, but the producers and directors are "keeping it real". I respect that but I wish that they came out with a more family friendly version with over-dubbing of the language.

The last scene in the movie showing the animated ninjas on the board was a little hokey and unnecessary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Polk on March 12, 2008
Format: DVD
Ted Danson is at his best in this movie about a famous chess teacher. He takes a class room of kids that haven't got a clue about what education do for them and transforms their thinking and gives them ideas about the future! The typical stereo -type antagonist is the whites or well to do that think they are unstoppable in the chess tournaments. It is an excellent feel good movie I can recommend to all. There is a little bit of bad language, especially the drug addict mother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kaser on February 26, 2008
Format: DVD
The movie is excellent. The language is family oriented-the story is well written- I was in the field of elementary education as a teacher and an elementary school principal in a big urban area and I think it could be used to encourage kids to succeed in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Smith on January 15, 2008
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This was a very touching movie,...the only thing i didnt like was the typical story of inner city kids being taught by upper middle class gentleman and making a difference in their lives....etc...

However the story is still very touching and the characters in this film really grip you. Especially Dawson, great family movie...plus I am a chess player and I learned a few things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crissy Crosses On Etsy on January 11, 2014
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I would use this film during transition periods in my classroom, like at the end of the semester, before a holiday break, before beginning another novel, etc. I always had students answer questions and/or complete a movie review so I was able to tie it into the curriculum easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Cardiel on August 3, 2008
Format: DVD
My kids play chess, and this movie was really good. I miss those Saturday (or Sunday) night specials at night with the famiy when I was a kid. This would be a perfect movie that type or any type of night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaylon Hemphill on June 13, 2008
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The character was something totally different for Ted Danson. Not the macho bachelor type that I've always seen him play.. Definitely the right man for the part. Very moving role....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artist & Author on June 8, 2008
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In many ways this is a predictable movie - the long shot underdogs come out on top after a lot of hard work, discipline and devotion to following the rules. Still, it is a very satisfying movie, especially knowing that it is based on a real group of South Bronx grade school kids. On the other hand, if after watching the movie you learn that the kids are still losers, you would feel cheated, so being predictable isn't really that bad.

The unusual quality of the movie is that it is focused on chess, somewhat unusual for a movie. [See also the Wonderworks program, 'The Mighty Pawns,' 'The Luzhin Defence,' and the comedy, 'Hatley High,'] We graded the movie down slightly because there are a few swear words, once by the teacher, but otherwise only from the junkies and losers with whom the kids have to deal. If you like chess, you'll probably like this movie. Even if you don't understand chess, you'll be glad you watched it, especially when reading the things the kids wrote about how chess changed their lives.
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