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ESPN Films - The Fab Five

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They were one of the most famous - and infamous - teams in college basketball history. Arriving on the campus of the University of Michigan in the fall of 1991, the five freshmen -Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson-not only electrified the game, but also brought new style to the masses with their baggy shorts, black socks and brash talk. Forget what you remember about the Fab 5-this film will show them in an entirely new light.

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  • Directors: Jason Hehir
  • Producers: ESPN
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RP9ITS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Antoine Lindsay on March 13, 2011
Format: DVD
I just got finished watching this movie.....and I have three things to say #1 "IT IS ABOUT DAMN TIME" and #2 "WOW" and #3 "I LOVE THIS TEAM". I thought that ESPN did an excellent job of the release of this movie on Selection Sunday! The directors did an excellent job also with portraying one of my favorite basketball teams of all time!! Just wow folks, and I am honestly still excited that I just saw this!!!!!

The movie takes you on a brief stint of when these 5 guys came out of high school, up until the ends of their careers at UofM. I won't get into too much detail about this movie, cause it is a must see... but if you dont know who the Fab 5 is, or you are a fan of basketball you need to see this movie!!! It is 100% authentic, and holds nothing back. From the fun to the racism to the heart-ache this team experienced over 2 years it is just amazing and non-stop.

You also get to see good close up conversations and opinions of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, and 3 others players (along with coaches) off of the 1992 and 1993 teams. I was a bit disappointed not to see Chris Webber at all in this movie...but if you know the story, I see why he doesn't show his face. Just so much good came from this team from flare to fashion......and they were actually a lot better than people give them credit for! I would have also liked to seen a cast of opposing college coaches and players, that played against this team make an appearance, but the Fab 5 was hated and by many is still hated, I'm sure!

This movie is very exciting, deep, and a bit emotional for anyone who can relate to what these guys experienced within their careers. If you like the book "THE FAB FIVE" by Mitch Albom.....this movie is a good visual summary of that!!!
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"The Fab 5" is one of the better documentaries to come out of the increasingly excellent ESPN Films pipeline. It wasn't part of the stellar "30 for 30" series. But it's clear that that initiative raised the bar - both in terms of quality of the productions and in who they're attracting to make films. And, it's getting interesting guys like Jalen Rose to think, hey, maybe I've got a good project in me.

Indeed, he did. Not only did Rose produce this film, he also has large chunks of screen time recalling the events. Anyone who's seen him on ESPN knows what a revelation he is as a commentator. He's not Sir Charles (is anyone?), but he's got his own unique style that can't be taught. It's that personality that bursts through again in "The Fab 5." The other guys - Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King - provide their insights, too. It's easy to see why the country fell hard for The Fab 5: these are very likable guys.

What's missing, of course, is Chris Webber. That's a shame. He should have participated. I'm sure he was concerned about how he would be portrayed for his role in the Ed Martin scandal (he was convicted of criminal contempt for lying about his relationship with Martin). In those situations, my feeling is you're better participating and telling your story, rather than letting someone else tell the story for you.

And tell it, Rose does. He offers a spirited, emotional defense of Martin, noting "Big Ed's" well-known generosity towards high school stars. In that context, he expresses his disgust at Webber's disavowals. It's the film's most powerful passage...and the most relevatory one in terms of the relationship between the two. Don't expect them as co-hosts any time soon.
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I agree that this story, the true story of the Fab Five in their own words, is long overdue. I title my review "Almost Perfect", because other than Chris Webber not being involved with this documentary, I thought it was perfectly done. Chris is obviously still carrying around alot of baggage from his time at Michigan, alot of unresolved baggage. The other 4 members say he simply won't talk about the "timeout" or the money he got from that Michigan booster. He needs to talk to someone about it or it's going to haunt him for the rest of his life. I look back at his NBA career and see how all that baggage affected him throughout his career. The trouble he got in early in his career with the Bullets/Wizards with smoking pot and drinking and then later when he was with the Kings and was afraid to take the big shot in the clutch against the Lakers in the playoffs. The latter was the direct result from the 1993 title game, he was afraid to fail under the spotlight again, he wouldn't take the big shot for fear of missing it and being labeled a guy who choked in the clutch again. The "timeout" was't all his fault and now more than ever I can understand why he called it in the 1st place. The assistant coach on the bench signaling for a timeout, teammates yelling for him to call a timeout and his point guard, Jalen Rose, on the replay running away from him instead of running towards him to get the ball from Chris. All these years I've thought about the play and thought to myself "where was Jalen, where was Jalen"?? When I played, I was always a center or power forward and when I got a rebound I was coached to look for your point guard and get the ball to him, he should be coming to get the ball from you. Which is exactly what Jalen Rose should have been doing to help Chris Webber.Read more ›
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