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New York Street Games DVD & Street Games Rule Book [Home Use]

Keith David , C. Everett Koop , Matthew Levy  |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith David, C. Everett Koop, Hector Elizondo, Ray Romano, Regis Philbin
  • Directors: Matthew Levy
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: NY Street Games Productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M7DZQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A marvelous new documentary..." -- Neil Rosen, NY1

"Must-Have DVD" -- Cole Smithey, Cole Smithey's Movie Week

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Narrated by Hector Elizondo, with stories from Keith David, C. Everett Koop, Joe Pantoliano, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Curtis Sliwa, Mike Starr and many more...New York Street Games captures a special time in American history. From Boxball to Ring-o-leavio to Skully, the film addresses the social and cultural importance of these games and the sense of community they engendered. Enjoy it today!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Nostalgia June 25, 2010
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Anyone who grew up on or near urban streets in the northeast will really relate to this movie. Most people who grew up before video games, cable TV, and computers will probably relate to this movie. This would probably prove to be boring to younger viewers (too much black and white video), though it would give them a good look at how kids played long before technology. Usually, a pink Spalding ball was involved. Or bottle caps. Or tops. We gathered together with no umpires or referees. We agreed upon rules. We played with whomever was available and everyone played. As a group, we didn't tolerate cheating. We learned how to win and we learned how to lose. We got sweaty and dirty and bounced from one game to the next. We reported home for meals, then went back out again. We didn't worry about child molesters because we played in packs.

We talked trash and related events while we played and rested. We made fun of each other and laughed.

All this without any parental involvement.

This video will either remind you about those times or teach you about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down Memory Lane for New Yorkers... September 18, 2010
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Being a Native New Yorker who was a child in the 50's, I thoroughly enjoyed "New York Street Games". The video is excellent, the commentaries by all my fellow "New Yawkuhs" are so familiar. I'm thankful to be have been able to enjoy my childhood playing street games and getting plenty of good exercise and having good, clean fun. Jumping double-dutch was it for me and my friends. Hopscotch, skellys, red light green light 1-2-3, Spaldeens, etc. Kids today, unfortunately, have no idea what real fun is. Hey, New Yawkuhs, buy this video--you will love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! July 8, 2010
It brought back so many memories of how we lived, laughed and played as we grew up. No tv, video games, cellphones, etc. We played outdoors all day and created so many wonderful games, interacting with other kids of all ages instead of a TV robot. We did not walk around with earphones stuck in our ears. We were involved, but I was never able to conquer "double dutch" jump rope! I brought this DVD in to the local assisted living facility. Since their attention span is not long enough for the whole movie, I broke it up into parts, and were they delighted! When I would turn it off, they began talking and laughing about the places they recognized as where they grew up, and told stories of the things they did and the games they played. What a wonderful gift for anyone older than 50/55, especially if they grew up in NYC.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's have a nostalgia fit! August 4, 2010
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As an old New yorker who played most of these games, this was a great trip down memory lane.
They were so much fun it's sad to think today's kids are missing out on the fun.
The video captures the time and the joy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. July 20, 2010
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A marvellous picture of a vanishing, if not vanished, part of New York city life. Very well done.
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