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|Rebound The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault|
Actors: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Allodi, Michael Beach, Monica Calhoun, Colin Cheadle
Genres: Drama, Sports
BASED ON A TRUE STORY. EARL BECAME A LIVING LEGEND ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK AS A CHAMPION SLAM-DUNKER. BUT WITH A BRUTAL COACH, A PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND & A DRUG HABIT THAT WON'T LET GO, IT WILL TAKE ALL OF EARL'S ENERGY & ... more »
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Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This HBO original movie tells the story of street basketball legend, Earl "The Goat" Manigault. The film opens up with Lakers legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, stating that the greatest player he ever saw was "The Goat".
In the Harlem of 1959, young Earl Manigault lived with Miss Mary, a warm hearted, hard working woman who was devoted to his care, after his mother died. He was a young teenager who was just starting to burn up the local basketball courts, playing against older, more experienced players. Earl comes under the scrutiny of parks supervisor, Mr. Rucker, a well-known local and former street basketball player, who started the well-respected Ruckers League, and Diego, a self-styled coach and older local basketball player. He also gets to know Legrand, the local drug dealer.
The viewer sees Earl as a young junior high school teen, getting friendly with an older, fast crowd and going to a party where they are drinking, smoking reefer, snorting dope, and getting it on with their women who happen to have bodacious bodies and wear tight dresses. Running around with an older crowd, Earl acquired some habits that cause him some trouble while in high school. He was also starting to make a real name for himself on the local courts, playing against such future greats as Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Connie Hawkins, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, and Lew Alcindor. It was about this time that Earl Manigault was affectionately given his nickname, "The Goat", becoming known for all time as Earl "The Goat" Manigault.
Earl attended Benjamin Franklin High School, where he scored an unprecedented record breaking fifty seven points in one game. This was a player who became known for his double dunk and the fact that he could jump so high that he could touch the top of the backboard. In 1965, he played in the high school championships held at Madison Square Garden, which saw Benjamin Franklin High School pitted against De Witt Clinton High School in the semi-finals. Of course, Benjamin Franklin won and was slated to play in the finals against Catholic high school powerhouse, Power Memorial, which then boasted as one of its players, Lew Alcindor, who would go on to become Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Unfortunately, Earl gets expelled from high school, when some of his bad habits catch up with him. Mr. Rucker steps in, however, arranging for Earl to attend a prep school down south, which is run by a Dr. McDuffie. While there, Earl learns to read as he should. He also meets Evonne, with whom he develops a relationship and with whom he later has a child. Earl graduates from High School and goes on to college. He elects to go to a small college, where he and the college coach, Coach Pratt, have a personality clash. Coach Pratt wants him to play basketball his way, and Earl wants to play the way that he wants. When Mr. Rucker dies, this augers the beginning of the end for Earl, as he quits college and returns to the streets of Harlem, where drugs and crime are killing off its young men.
There, Earl meets up with his old friends, but finds that it is a brave new world out there. He sees one friend shot and killed before his very eyes. Another returns from Vietnam maimed for life, while another is a big time drug dealer that is helping destroy the Harlem of his youth. Before he knows it, Earl joins this bleak landscape as addict and thief. Earl, now a street junkie, turns to a life of crime, while disappearing from the lives of those whom he loves: Miss Mary, Evonne, and his child. The years pass, and, having gone from basketball hotshot to junkie and thief, Earl finally gets a wake up call. Going cold turkey, he kicks his habit and takes back a bit of turf from the local drug dealer in order to create a small oasis for those who would rather play basketball than do drugs.
Earl "The Goat" Manigault" organized "The Goat" Walk Away from Drugs tournament that would become a staple of Harlem's street basketball tradition for over twenty five years and would see over five thousand kids participate. At the end of the film, one actually sees a film clip of "The Goat" at one of his tournaments. "The Goat", who was a consultant for this 1996 bio pic, would die two years later in 1998 at the age of fifty-three from heart failure.
This is a wonderful, inspirational film, which was a directing first for Eriq La Salle, and a successful one at that. It was a brilliant move to cast both Cheadle brothers, Colin and Don, in the roles of the younger and older Eric Manigault. I did not know this at the time that I viewed the film and was puzzled at how young Don Cheadle appeared at the beginning of the film. The brothers do look very much alike, and it was an inspired bit of casting. Both Colin and Don Cheadle give excellent performances. In Don Cheadle's sensitive and poignant performance, the viewer sees the talent that today sets him apart from others of his generation. Don Cheadle is one of the best and most versatile actors of today.
Aside from his impressive directorial debut, Eriq La Salle also does a fine job with the role of Diego. Michael Beach is outstanding in the role of the drug dealing Legrand. Loretta Devine adds warmth to the film with her portrayal of Miss Mary, the woman and mother figure who loves Earl as if he were her own. James Earl Jones, cast in the small role of Dr. McDuffie, is, as always, impressive. Clarence Williams III is very good in the role of the autocratic Coach Pratt. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears as himself. Those who love basketball, as well as those who simply enjoy a well made film with a story to tell, will definitely like this movie."
The basketball legend world has never known
Lawyeraau | 11/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I had a chance to know about "Rebound" it was an ad in Rolling Stone. But it took some 5 years to actually watch it. A friend of mine, cool basketball player and a slam-dunker, said his team had this movie as a great inspirational factor for some very important games. There are not that many really good movies about
basketball. Rebound is definitely one of a such. It's a true story of Earl "Goat" Manigault, a basketball legend who never made it to NBA. The movie starts with Earl (Don Cheadle) having a heart attack due to a drug overdose. Doctors are fighting for his life. They use a electro-shock. While this time Earl is in the middle of life and death. He sees himself flying in the sky doing a slam-dunk. This time he is back... Then it goes a retrospective review of Earl Manigault's life. It starts in 1959 in Harlem where he has a endless basketball work-out. That was about a time when Earl got his nickname "Goat" and started shining as a promising basketball player. He was indeed incredible doing all those tricks under and especially above the rim (with vertical jump of 52 inches). The legend is about to born the future is about to be predicted. But some objective reasons and drug addiction lead Earl to the waste of a talent and to the very bottom of the life. Stealing and robbery become a meaning to satisfy baneful influence. After two prison times serving Earl comes to a conclusion to clean up his life and walk away from drugs.
And he actually did it. Rebound was a director's debut for Eric La Salle, mostly known for his role in tv-series "ER". And it was a pretty successful attempt. However, probably, not that good as La Salle's acting, just as his fade-up part in this movie.
Don Cheadle (Swordfish, Boggie nights, Mission to Mars) was a perfect choice as a dramatic character for Earl Manigault. Although some of basketball action scenes looked sort of unconvincing. Forest Whitaker's character was properly set into the spot, while his acting was pretty good. The idea (message for a viewers) was confidently and well brought throughout the movie.
This is at least fair that Rebound was produced when Earl Manigault was still alive. People will always remember players like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson. Will they remember the most celebrated street ball player Earl 'Goat' Manigault who has never played in NBA?
"He rose on the court and fell, only to rise again".
Watch the movie to understand why street-ball playgrounds on 98th street in New York called "Goat Park". I found "Rebound" to be very inspirational dramatic movie, which would be interesting not just for basketball fans."
The Best Basketball Movie
Lawyeraau | 06/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie lives up to the hype of Earl Manigault and his legendary ability! Don Cheadle does an excellent job portraying "The Goat" and the supporting cast were excellent. It is the best basketball movie I have ever seen because it is the greatest basketball story ever told! He got Game, Above the Rim were entertaining, however this movie is real as it is based on the facts of a man's life. The movie shows the good and bad times, and does not make a commercial, happy ending to please the viewers. Most movies don't follow a story truthfully, usually changing certain parts to please the audience - not this one!!"
Lawyeraau | 11/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie realy, it showed life as earl manigault very well. It explained life in Harlem, and what it was like as a boy living their. It showed an epic battle between the basketball star and drugs. I rate it a 5 star movie because i am a real true basketball player and fan. This movie realy inspired me to work hard and not get caught up in that drug mess----------peace"