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More Than a Game

4.6 out of 5 stars 108 customer reviews

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Five talented young basketball players from Akron; Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced players father; and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James; the Fab Fives improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way; the close-knit team is repeatedly tested both on and off the court as James exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything theyve set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage; never-before-seen home videos; and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.

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  • Actors: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
  • Directors: Kristopher Belman
  • Writers: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan
  • Producers: LeBron James, Brian Joe, Kristopher Belman, Harvey Mason Jr., Jimmy Iovine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YMWQ2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "More Than a Game" on IMDb

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The title More Than a Game is more than a little cliché, and the most basic summary of this documentary's premise does little to refute that initial impression: the story of five inner city youths who forge something beyond friendship while pursuing their high school hoop dreams. But the journey of the "Fab Five" who made up the core of the St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team in Akron, Ohio earlier in the decade is not exactly your average sports saga, filled with extraordinary characters and equally extraordinary circumstances that Hollywood could craft no better in any feature script. Any filmmaker blessed with such serendipitous narrative riches would be content to simply recount the not-so-tall tale, but director Kristopher Belman takes it an added step: bringing the larger-than-life back down to a universally relatable scale.

Figures hardly come more larger-than-life than LeBron James, the Fighting Irish alum who (as the world over has come to know) first caught national sports media attention during his high school stint and has since become one of most celebrated and recognizable stars in all of sports, let alone in basketball. With the knowledge of James's ultimate NBA fairy tale fate, the temptation would be to focus the film solely on his rise, but his story is duly treated as but one of the threads borne out of what was originally the "Fab Four"--James, "Little" Dru Joyce III, Willie McGee, and Sian Cotton, whom we see in some rare home video honing their individual skills and team chemistry from way back when they were pre-teens.
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Let me start off my review by saying that I have not been an active fan of basketball for several years now. I wound up watching this film because it received excellent reviews and my students are always talking about Lebron James, so I took it as an excellent opportunity to learn more about this young man at the center of all the hype. Having watched the dvd, I am just amazed at not only the skill and athleticism displayed by Mr. James, but the caliber of the character demonstrated by him, his teammates and his coaches. This is more than a basketball documentary , it's a life-lesson documentary that provides the added bonus of amazing footage of someone whose skills as a youngster clearly out-ranked many who play the sport professionally (to say the least, Mr. James is clearly most worthy of the praise heaped upon him). If you have kids, get More than a Game and use it as a sounding board for honest discussions with your kids. If you just love sports, get it because the footage is spectacular.
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I have to admit, I am not a big fan of basketball. BUT because of my son's love of basketball, I brought this and a few other DVD's which showcases his favorite NBA players. (Note: I am still learning the techniques of basketball.)

The highlight and pivotal point of this film, "More Than A Game," was when the team (St. Vincent-St. Mary) coach gave a serious speech to his young men and devout his faith in prayers (along with them) in a call to the Almighty Saviour. Both messages developed a strength of character to the young men whose lives are expectedly in a vacuum filled with wild excitements (promiscuity, alcohol and more). This to me was a turnaround for the young men. Although it was the coach's last and final year to train them (in their last year of high school), Coach Dru Joyce and the team thought they would win the championship. They didn't! BUT, because of their hardwork, faith, character (thanks to Coach Dru Joyce), friendship and love, these young men pulled it off and TODAY we still see the excitement some of them display. What an incredible film. I'm happy to have attain it as a gift; a gift my son will (and has said) will treasure forever. He's inspired by this great documentary. Great work! Bravo to the executors for producing a fabulous history of the St. Vincent-St.Mary's basketball team, "Irish".
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I don't care who you are, this is a great movie. It's inspiring, it has real drama, and it's all true. It's nice to learn more about Lebron James, but this isn't the Lebron James Story; it's about friendship, family, faith, teamwork, and sacrifice. It's about a group of inner city kids who play basketball, but it doesn't rely on sex, drugs, gangs, murder, or even profanity. It's just great storytelling, without embellishment or added "spice."

I coach tennis at an exclusive private school in California and I'm actually going to show this movie to my girls. Even though the settings are worlds apart, the movie's message is universal and I know my players will love the story and they'll learn from it. Meanwhile, More Than A Game has shown me how to be a better coach, and I'll have an excuse to watch it again, too.

The fact that director Kristopher Belman was a college student when he began the project makes it all the more remarkable.
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Loved this video and purchased it for my grandsons. It shows how hard LeBron worked and perserved to get to where he is today. Also the wonderful people who helped him along the way, coaches, and teachers. Also his love for his mother. She had problems as a single mother but they managed to make it out of poverty. Judy
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