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Season On The Brink

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A Season On The Brink is based on John Feinstein's best selling novel of the same name. Chronicles the 1985-86 college basketball season of fiery University of Indiana Hoosier coach Bob Knight during his struggle to avoid a losing season. Stars Al Thomp

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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Al Thompson, Benz Antoine, James Lafferty, Michael James Johnson
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: David W. Rintels, John Feinstein
  • Producers: Chet Fenster, David W. Rintels, Joshua Butler, Lewin Webb, Mark Shapiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714EM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Season On The Brink" on IMDb

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I thought this movie was really good in its objectivity. It neither portrays Bobby Knight as a hero nor a villain, but shows both his good qualities as well as his negative ones. It takes place during a season of the Hoosiers back in the 80s.

Now it does have scenes of Coach Knight lashing out at players. One scene at the start is very effective when he gets angry and loses his temper with Daryl Thomas, literally chewing him out in front of the team. There are other scenes in the movie when he yells at the team when they're not performing up to his expectations.

However, there are an equal number of scenes, which show his nice side. He often helps his players personally, to overcome their problems both on and off the court through guidance and advice. He raised funds to help support a former player of his (Landon Turner) after he got paralyzed. Coach Knight is also shown as a good and dedicated father to his son.

After watching "A Season on the Brink", one could conclude that Bobby Knight is not a bad guy, but a contraversial coach who really should learn how to harness his temper. It is possible to state your disagreement with someone without lashing out at them or putting them down.

The DVD has some good extra features such as an interview with Bobby Knight and a making-of documentary.
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Brian Dennehy is outstanding in his role as Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight. Although he is very emotionally abusive and brash with his language towards his players, he only yells in order to get his players to win. This movie also shows the caring tender side of Bobby Knight to help get his team on the winning side after starting out with a crappy season
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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is how one would describe Bobby Knight. Brian Dennehy gave us an excellent performance. Unfortunately ESPN ran out of money to hire actors after they got Dennehy, making this movie more akin to a one man play.

They used actual footage of games as fillers. It was done poorly as you could tell when they were using stock film and when they were shooting the movie, especially during the second Michigan game when the film all of a sudden had a cheap digital look. This led me to believe this whole thing was filmed with a "cheap" $3,000 digital camera with special lenses to make it look like a major production and during the filming of the second Michigan game, they forgot the lens at the deli, and decided, "what the heck, film it without it, no one will know the difference."

I admit I am not a Bobby Knight fan. I believe in treating people with dignity and maturity, even ball players. In my opinion, the movie appeared to be fair to Bobby as a person, but as a coach, I thought it was more of a dis on his accomplishments.

This movie is for basketball fans only and not recommended as a date movie.
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Season on the Brink is a great movie about Bobby Knight because they dont try and sugar coat who he was they show is ture colors witch are not always plesent . James Lafftery who protrays Steve Alfred who was one of coach knights best player . You may also know James Lafftery for is role as Nathan Scott on One Tree hill.If you like sports movies you should check it out .
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I saw the original airing on ESPN when I was in college...the ESPN2 censored version was just plain ridiculous.

It was entertaining, and for a minute I also got to see a side of Bobby Knight that didn't involve the 60+ FCC violations I tallied on a notepad throughout the movie.

I liked it, but I don't know enough about the Hoosiers' season in question to rate it any higher than four stars. Overall, it wasn't bad.
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By sandypawn on December 19, 2009
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This is an excellent movie for the sports buff! Denehy captures the inspiration and volatility of this controversial coach. A must see for any basketball fan!
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