A Most Beautiful Thing

7.51 h 34 min202016+
A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country (made up of young men, many of whom were in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago), all coming together to row in the same boat.
Mary Mazzio
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Mary Mazzio
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
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Hope is Alive!
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A powerful story showcasing real possibilities of people coming together, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, and basically changing the world. I thank the men and their families for making this documentary and sharing their lives. I'm grateful for the women in recovery, especially thankful that your beautiful children see you for the beautiful person you are.
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Satisfied customer Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
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Growing up in a gang infested neighborhood in Chicago. I can relate to the story...a bit.
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Yes, there were shootings and killings every summer, on the block that my family and I grew up on. I'd get out of school and they'd have the guns, bats and knives. A guy was murdered as I was walking home from school one day. The gunman ran past me, then shot and killed someone less than a block away. They're right...you get used to the violence. When you hear the gunshots...you know you gotta duck, inside your home. A 10-yr old girl in my class was a Latin Queen, she wore a black leather jacket, carried a knife and smoked. She was pregnant. Unfortunately, they had absolutely NO afterschool activities. NONE. No band, chess team, football, baseball, soccer, tennis, math team...absolutely nothing. The school was too packed so they had trailers along the side for the rest of the classes.
A teacher once told me that I would never amount to anything. Well, my job doing criminal backgrounds wasn't the best career but I never did dope, smoke or was an alcoholic. Much happier than that old hag!
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L OregonReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
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Great Timing a Our Country Is Divided
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This is a great example of how two different sides of history can come together to make positive change happen. Yet more importantly it’s about the stories of these men to grow beyond what they had no initial control over and move toward great role models for those around them. This movie shows that life is no easy task, yet when you build community together a lot is possible. Worth every minute of the watch. Thanks Gentlemen!!
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M. GerardReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
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Still I Rise
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A must see, especially in 2020 -- a beautifully told story of hope, strength and resilience in the face of impossible odds -- one of the best films I've seen this year.
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LaviladaReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
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A Most Beautiful Thing
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A movie that is not only refreshing, but also inspirational. The journey of these men to where they are and who they will continue to become is phenomenal in their own right. I am grateful and thankful for an opportunity to learn of and about them and their families and the internal triumphs in each of their families from mothers to siblings. The children of these men have something to be proud of and I to share in their sentiments. Congratulations to each and every one of these men and their accomplishments. This documentary should be shared and viewed by all.

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AquariusReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
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An all around just plain excellent movie.
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An all around just plain excellent movie. It is always more invigorating to rejoice in the good people are capable of rather than mire in the differences. This documovie most certainly is inspirational but also succeeds in driving home a lesson on the strength of humanity when we work together.
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lakemcdougallReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
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Do You Understand Why Inner City Youth Join Gangs?
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If you do not know what drives young men to join a neighborhood gang, this movie will provide insights and understanding.
Life Interrupted: One small deed from outside the 'Westside' of Chicago ripples through the water in ways no one could foresee. Credit goes to the 5+ empowered to change their lives. Twenty years on, they continue the legacy with the next generation's youth.
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jagravReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
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Dreams do come true!
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This movie proves that the impossible is possible. May we all do our part to row the boat forward - in little and big ways. We're all on the same team, whether we know it or not. Let's pull together!
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