I, too, have long waited for this DVD to come out. I have a grainy copy of the film off of our local PBS station, as well as the reunion show that PBS had several years after the movie was out. Hopefully, this DVD would have more recent news on the boys.
Arthur Agee had subpar hoop skills but was so doggone focused on making it to the pros, he could not/would not accept/realize the truth when it was slapping him right on the face, that though his love for the game was immeasurable, his skills were limited. And you need skills to make it in Division 1 colege hoops and more so in the NBA. To be used by a USBL team hoping to ride his coattails and signing him, that was sad. Yet through it all, Agee believed he belong.
In contrast, William Gates had superior hoop skills but tore his ACL and frankly had better things to do then being enslaved by the game as Agee was. I think Gates' decision making and accepting reality spoke volumes about the kid's character. He knew where his priorities lie, as a husband, as a father, as a son.
Finally, I think Agee's mother was a strong force in this film as well, and in her family's life. Her story of how she empowered herself, to better herself, within the challenging environment she was in was simply inspirational. Her story had nothing to do with hoops, but it was a strong storyline in the film.
This is absolutely the best basketball movie ever made. Bar-none. It's amazing that people still think that "Hoosiers" is the best hoops movie ever made, even professional ballplayers think this! You simply cannot beat REAL LIFE. Amazing movie, hopefully, even more amazing DVD.
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