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Few athletes in Olympic history have reached such heights and depths as Marion Jones. Her rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, where she captivated the world with her beauty, style and athletic dominance, sprinting and jumping to three gold medals and two bronze. Eventually though, her accomplishments and her reputation would be tarnished when she finally admitted what so many had long suspected - that she had indeed used steroids. Calling herself a liar and a cheat in a federal courtroom, Jones was sentenced to 6 months in prison for lying to federal investigators and soon saw her Olympic achievements disqualified. Director John Singleton focuses on the rise, fall and re-birth of Marion Jones, as she rebuilds her life with her new husband and children.

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  • Directors: John Singleton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040ZN9N6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Zeaman on August 15, 2011
What a horrible piece of sloppy documentary filmmaking. Singleton appears to have a crush on Marion and so no hard questions are asked, the steroids case is not covered in detail and there is a stunning lack of good interviews (Edwin Moses and the LA reporter being the only exceptions). Where are the interviews with her coaches? With her competitors? How about her teammates whose gold medals were taken away because of her? That level of coverage is there in just about every other entry in the 30 for 30 series, but not here.

What does come through is that Jones is highly narcissistic and is still delusional about much of her life, including taking steroids for years and counterfeit checks. Her "apology" is in name only.

You get the feeling that the worst is yet to come for Marion Jones. She needs to hit a much deeper bottom before she will ever face the truth of her lies, cheating and fraud. She doesn't think she did anything wrong and she doesn't want to look inside. Until she does, ain't nothing gonna change.

Of course, now that she can't make money as an athlete or endorser she turns to...inspirational speaking. I can honestly say that I would be hard pressed to think of a worse role model for children.

I suppose this is worth a view just for the humor, but really it's pretty sad. The rest of the 30 for 30 series has been phenomenal, with a few among the best sports documentaries of all time. This is a sorry addition to a proud tradition. Let's call it 29 for 29 and pretend it never happened.

P.S. John Singleton, you're a much better filmmaker than this! Documentaries are hard work and you took the easy, lazy way out...just like Marion Jones.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 31, 2011
dont bother with this "documentary". It pulls the race card and tries to turn her into the victim.
however it didnt give both sides of the story (which tecnically they dont have to do)
but they make it seem like she went to jail just because she's black(they even have one her white teammates drive that point home for us). they covenintly left out the check fraud scam she was involved in accounted for the 4 of the 6 months she was in jail for. nor did she get any extra time for beating a fellow inmates face in, and also her complaining about how hard jail is pretty redundant...its jail, its not supoused to be easy. well anyways shes still a millionare and there are 29 or so of these documentaries better worth your time. pulling the racecard is such a classless thing to do so im not at all high on this movie.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernestine Singley on May 27, 2011
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Excellent homage to Marion Jones who's clearly emerging from her own ashes. Schools should make kids learn her apology speech by heart right alongside the pledge to the flag. That'd be a perfect lesson for them and the rest of us about what an authentic apology looks like since it might well be the only one we've seen for centuries. Jones models what it means to be a person truly accepting responsibility for their actions and, beyond that, who's eager to bluntly share her lessons with kids who need to hear this from someone like her. There's no hint of self-pity, no disgraceful quibbling about what the definition of "is" is! John Singleton's deft touch was a brilliant and surprising treat that drills far deeper than it first appears on the surface. One of the most heartfelt parts for me was watching Jones juggle life (by the minute!) as a mother of three while training for the WBA. A gorgeous testament to the adage about one door closing and another one opening, Jones has already started her new ascendancy and we'll be looking up to her again...soon. Actually, after watching this, I already am. So, show this to every person you know who loves kids, who is a kid, or who ever was a kid.
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