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The Basketball Fix


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  • Actors: John Ireland, Marshall Thompson, Vanessa Brown, William Bishop, Hazel Brooks
  • Directors: Felix E. Feist
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, 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: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HX8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A reporter threatens to blow-the-whistle on a cheating hoop star.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on September 27, 2005
Format: DVD
The Basketball Fix is a simple story about college baskeball player Johnny Long, played by Marshall Thompson (Daktari, Bad Bascomd, First Man Into Space, Flight of the Lost Balloon, etc.), who starts out with a good enough old-fashioned work ethic, but falls into bad company (William Bishop). He resists the temptation to take bribes to lose points in his games until he runs into financial trouble trying impress his girlfriend (Vanessa Brown) with jewelry and so forth. He decides to take a bribe for just one game, as long as he doesn't have to throw the game entirely, but once in, he's forced to keep playing ball with the mob. John Ireland (Wake Up And Dream, A Walk In The Sun, The Fast and The Furious) is a sports columnist who helped Johnny get his start, and narrates the movie.

While watching, it occurred to me that in these unfortunate days of professional athletes regularly cheating by steroids, no one would take Johnny's dilemma seriously, and most people will probably find this story naive or trite. However, it's reasonably well made and interesting for a B-movie, and perhaps one of the only films on the subject. I got the DVD for $1, and I think it was more than worth it (I would have paid $2 or $3). Comparing it to other films of the time, I can give it 3 stars, but if you're the type who doesn't like black and white movies just because they aren't in color, or finds such moral dilemmas boringly out of date, you probably won't care for The Basketball Fix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on April 27, 2005
Format: DVD
Here I am 50 years after the release of this film writing a positive review of it. The storyline is relatively complex for this era. It shows how a player gradually got caught up in something he never planned. His motives might even have been considered somewhat admirable as he had the interest of his girlfriend and little brother in mind in deciding, reluctantly, to get involved.

The subtle nature of temptation is conveyed in that he is not called upon to lose any games, merely play poorly enough for them to be close. Marshall Thompson plays the lead role of Johnny Long. Sports journalist Pete Ferreday is played by John Ireland. The screenplay is written in such a way that the characters nuances come through. Felix Feist did a nice noir-ish type film. It all comes together in a way to hold your attention to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on September 27, 2005
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The Basketball Fix is a simple story about college baskeball player Johnny Long, played by Marshall Thompson (Daktari, Bad Bascomd, First Man Into Space, Flight of the Lost Balloon, etc.), who starts out with a good enough old-fashioned work ethic, but falls into bad company (William Bishop). He resists the temptation to take bribes to lose points in his games until he runs into financial trouble trying impress his girlfriend (Vanessa Brown) with jewelry and so forth. He decides to take a bribe for just one game, as long as he doesn't have to throw the game entirely, but once in, he's forced to keep playing ball with the mob. John Ireland (Wake Up And Dream, A Walk In The Sun, The Fast and The Furious) is a sports columnist who helped Johnny get his start, and narrates the movie.

While watching, it occurred to me that in these unfortunate days of professional athletes regularly cheating by steroids, no one would take Johnny's dilemma seriously, and most people will probably find this story naive or trite. However, it's reasonably well made and interesting for a B-movie, and perhaps one of the only films on the subject. I got the DVD for $1, and I think it was more than worth it (I would have paid $2 or $3). Comparing it to other films of the time, I can give it 3 stars, but if you're the type who doesn't like black and white movies just because they aren't in color, or finds such moral dilemmas boringly out of date, you probably won't care for The Basketball Fix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By viewer on March 15, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a great film noir basketball classic movie about a basketball star getting involved with the mob and point shaving and a sportswriter trying to get him on the right track.It's a must see!!!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on November 9, 2005
Format: DVD
It's 1951, and basketball is a sport dominated by scrawny white men in small disturbing shorts. THE BASKETBALL FIX is a movie based on that noble game, but it suffers from one large fatal flaw. Simply put, this is the most predictable movie ever made. The back cover of the DVD packaging states that the movie concerns "events that seem commonplace today, but were positively scandalous at the time of the film's original release." I must take issue with this, but before I do that, I should at least hint at what the film is about.

You should, in fact, be able to guess the basic story of this movie based on the title. And then given the subject matter, you may have a pretty good idea of how the film will progress. You'll only need a few details to get you going.

THE BASKETBALL FIX is a movie where unscrupulous fellows attempt to fix... a basketball game. Well, there. That's it.

The characters are those you'd expect in a story like this. There's the main character: John "Johnny" Long, the young lad with a talent for basketball who falls in with bad company. There's his girlfriend, who he wishes to marry, and his kid brother -- fatherless -- who relies on his older brother for financial support. There's the crooked gambler who provides the temptation for little Johnny. The cast is rounded out by the obligatory overeating coach and the sports reporter who doubles as a basketball scout. (Of course, all the teens are played by actors a decade older than their characters.)

There's no fun in watching a movie where you can guess exactly what's going to happen before you've even seen it once, and I had no fun watching this. The movie is contrived so that Johnny can either accept the cheating offer, or he can turn it down.
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