The Pistol - The Birth of a Legend
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"Pistol" Pete Maravich had a dream - that he could achieve anything he put his heart and mind into. He wanted to become the greatest player anyone had ever seen. The Pistol is the true story of a legacy handed down from one generation to the next. Much more than a story about basketball, this is a story of a boy and his relationship with his father. It's a movie of the American Dream. 'Pistol' Pet Maravich (Adam Guier), a scrawny five-foot-two, 90 pound eighth-grader plays basketball with the innocence of a child and the determination of a champion. Pete inherited a dream from his father, Press Maravich (Nick Benedict) and he believed that if he committed himself completely to his dream, he would one day play professional basketball and win a championship ring. Including Academy Award nominee Millie Perkins as Pete's mother Helen, 'The Pistol' shares the story of an American sports legend. It teaches us the American Dream is alive and well to all those who believe in it. DVD features: "Maravich Memories" - Making of Documentary, Out-Takes & Bloopers, Pistol Pete's Sports Records Gallery, Pistol Pete Trivia, English & Spanish Language Tracks, Commentary by the Producers, High-Def Transfer, 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVD-9.
- "Making of" documentary
- Outtakes & Bloopers
- Sports records gallery
- Commentary by the producers
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In this viewing, I didn't have the same impression. The basketball footage is comical in how easy everything is portrayed. People don't play defense, Pistol gets wide open layups, etc. I could have beaten the teams they played, and I don't even play basketball.
Then there are the racist undertones, while Pistol isn't portrayed as the racist, his teammates/coach/community are, there is no condemnation of it either. It makes for a very uncomfortable viewing in 2007.
This movie is mildly entertaining, but the voice over narration is creepy and the story line takes far too long to get going.
Pistol Pete sticks to the life of 8th grader Pete Maravich. His dad is a coach at the local college and teaches him basketball in his spare time. Pete doesn't fit in very well at school because he is so hooked on basketball. He gets a chance to try out for the team and hijinx ensue. It is actually pretty good basketball to watch - even though it was made a while ago and on a shoestring budget. I wish I could have seen Pete Maravich play when he was alive. Great for the whole family.