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Black Magic
Black Magic
Actor: Espn
Director: Dan Klores
Genres: Sports, African American Cinema
NR     2008     3hr 44min

Samuel L. Jackson and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis narrate this look at America's tumultuous civil rights movement through the lens of basketball and the lives and challenges of its African-African players, including Aver...  more »

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Actor: Espn
Director: Dan Klores
Genres: Sports, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Basketball, Documentary, African American Cinema
Studio: Team Marketing
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 3hr 44min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Black Magic is Awesome!
Truly Blessed | Los Angeles, CA | 10/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My husband & I saw the first part of this film when it aired on TV back in March. It was the same night the John Adams series began & which we were planning to watch. We were so sucked into Black Magic, we totally forgot about John Adams. This is an absolutely amazing, remarkable film, on the same high quality level as a Ken Burns-type documentary. The stories are unforgettable...incredibly moving and touching. As a child of the 80s/90s, I learned so much - it's mind-boggling to me that a person would be passed over or banned because of the color of their skin. I'm a huge NBA fan, and couldn't believe the Detroit Pistons passed up Earl Monroe because he went to a smaller black college! For basketball fans, the classic NBA footage is out of this world - early film of Earl Monroe, Wilt Chamberlain, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson & so many more - this is a must own for any basketball fan!! I can't wait to get my copy & can't recommend it enough!"
M. Philpott | NC | 08/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I recently saw this ESPN production via video tape that I received from a friend of mine. This film recounts the history of small, black college basketball. Let me first say that I am a white middle aged conservative from the south and I would say anyone who is a college basketball and/or a history fan would be absolutely thrilled w/ this film. All the familiar names are there, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Charles Oakley, etc that fans may know came from these type of schools but the best parts are the names and stories of guys we've never heard of. They are truly uplifting and at times tragic stories. I was raised in Durham, NC and am (I thought) very knowledgeable of area basketball history but had never heard of John McClendon, arguably one of the leading pioneers in the game. The film also examines a lot of the social and political problems of the 40's,50's and beyond in regards to race and discrimination. This is, in a word, wonderful television. I would highly recommend this purchase."
Ira Birdwhistell | 10/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Vintage college and NBA footage is superb, as is the storytelling. Well worth the price."
Access to Black Magic
Jan Lindsay | Detroit, MI | 12/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We tried to find it at several stores in Traverse City with no luck.
Thank you for making diversity available!"