Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Boys of 2nd Street Park|
Actors: Bernie Bandman, Frankie Bass, Larry Brown, Bobby Feld, Brian Newmark
Directors: Dan Klores, Ron Berger
Genres: Television, Sports, Documentary
The Boys of 2nd Street Park is an award-winning documentary that explores the divergent paths taken by a generation of boys who grew up in New York City during the 1960?s. Set against the unforgettable music and events fro... more »
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A total surprise
C. Heinrich | Oyster Bay, NY USA | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never heard of this until I saw it on my library's shelf. I wasn't expecting much; I wasn't even sure if I'd watch it. I thought I'd pop it in for a minute to give it a try. It turned out to be one of the best trips-down-memory-lane documentaries that I have seen. It still comes across as being made for cable (you won't confuse it for a higher budget documentary), but that's just fine. And the editing leaves you curious at times as to why they did it that way, but it doesn't hurt anything. And the footage from the past is limited, but that doesn't matter much either. What does matter is the directness and reality of the stories being told. None of it is sensationalistic, and all of it is interesting. A fascinating and memorable look at a generation and a "style" of American living that has all but disappeared since the flourishing of suburban living, TV, drugs, broken families, political correctness, and bad schools (could I over-generalize today's society problems any better?). Even if you aren't from the old neighborhood (I'm far from it), you will still find something life-affirming in this. Check it out if you get the chance."
A Documentary not to be missed. If you see one documentary t
P. R. Elliott | New York City | 12/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I live in Brooklyn about 30 minutes away from the 2nd Street Park. The story of each of the men in this documentary, is the story of all of us. I saw this on Showtime the other night and thought I would be bored to death watching a movie about some guys from Brooklyn playing basketball as young boys. Quite the contrary. At first I thought they were just going to talk about growing up in Brooklyn and playing basketball. Boy was I wrong. What started out as a documentary about a group of young men and the lives they lived throughout their childhoods, their teens, and on to adulthood, through the 60's until 80's, ended up being one of the best films I've seen all year. No, not one of the best. The best. I got lost in each and every character. Each and every story. I laughed, I cried, I felt every human emotion you can feel. It made me realize that we all go through our own personal demons, we all love and lose ones we love, we all have regrets, we all have wonderful memories and we all have sad memories, ones we wish we could erase because the pain is so raw, but throughout all of it, what matters is who we are now and what we learn from our experiences. That success isn't measured by what kind of job you have or how much money you have, but by what kind of person you are and how you treat others, and by the obstacles you have overcome. I was so touched by every mans story that I had to watch this over and over. Not twice, not three times, but 5 times and each time, it touched my heart more and more. I don't think I've ever cried as much as the end of a documentary and I wasn't sure if the tears were from feeling the same feelings the characters were feeling or just feeling comfort that we all as humans go through good and bad, love and loss, hope and dissapointment, and uncertainty about our own lives. This is not a film to be missed. Whether you live in NYC or not, there will be a part of each of these men that you see in yourself."
A well made, touching story of real people.
L. Gorsky | Grass Valley, CA USA | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was originally a Showtime production that thankfully has made it to mass media. Its a touching, sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting story of a group of friends, now in their mid 50s, and the different paths they took from the 1960s to the present. If you're an east coast city person and about their age you might really relate. I has some of the choppiness that you might expect from any documentary, but I heartilly recommend it to anyone who likes real stories of real people."
Growing up Bronx in Brooklyn
M. H. Siegel | Fairfield, CT | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I was told about this documentary that many had seen on Showtime, I wondered why were they telling me since I grew up in The Bronx and this is about about a group of friends that grew up in Brooklyn. Well I can tell you I don't care where you are from see this film, especially you "baby boomers". See it but listen to the dialog that's where the magic is.
It's a look into the lives of many of us who survived The Cuban Missle Crisis, The Bay of Pigs,Vietnam, Watergate,
The Grateful Dead and so much more."