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Passing Glory
Passing Glory
Actors: Andre Braugher, Rip Torn, Sean Squire, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn
Director: Steve James
Genres: Drama, Television, Sports
UR     2006     1hr 40min

A true story of a priest (Andre Braugher) in New Orleans who formed a group of black players and challenged an all-white prep school basketball team in the 1960's. Eventually events like these signaled the pivotal turn in ...  more »


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Actors: Andre Braugher, Rip Torn, Sean Squire, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn
Director: Steve James
Creators: David A. Rosemont, David Salzman, Gordon Wolf, Jill Tanner, Magic Johnson, Quincy Jones, Harold Sylvester
Genres: Drama, Television, Sports
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television, Basketball
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/10/2006
Original Release Date: 02/21/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 02/21/1999
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

In A Class By Itself
Damien Nathan | Anywhere But Here | 02/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"TNT has often called itself the best movie studio on telivision. PASSING GLORY would suggest that maybe it is. This is a first rate production. The performances are gripping. The basketball sequences are thrilling. I have rented this movie over and over again. It is truly a classic. This is a small gem that no one should miss."
Loves To Read | Twin Cities, MN USA | 03/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This made for TV movie is based on a true story. It's 1965 in New Orleans and St. Augustine's Catholic High School (boys) does an admirable job of educating young men from the black community and preparing them for life ..... in the black community. They know their place and their limitations. They were turned down by a vote of 185-11 to be a member of the Louisiana State High School Athletic Association so they must continue to compete against other black schools. They have never played a white school in their history. They can only wonder how their championship teams would compete against the white champions. This is all about to change when Father Verrett, a black priest from Baltimore is transferred to St. Augustine. He grew up in New Orleans but has tasted freedom in the North. He doesn't have the patience to be passive while the white community decides the fate of the black community. Father Verrett turns the school, students and parents into an activist community that is willing to take on the system, albeit pretty reluctantly, having already experienced the retaliation of some whites. The film builds to a climax of the first ever racially mixed high school basketball game in New Orleans. Another terrific film about the struggle of black Americans for the equal rights guaranteed to all citizens but at that time only available if you had the correct skin color. The acting is excellent and the screenplay was written by an actual member of the 1965 team, veteran actor Harold Sylvester. Magic Johnson was an executive producer. An overlooked TNT gem."
Great Movie
Jonathan Mccorvey | 09/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love basketball and history, so when these two elements are mixed together, I'm automatically hooked. This movie tells the story of the 1965 St. Augustine High (black school) Purple Knights and their trials and tribulations to play against the Jesuit High (white school) Eagles for the New Orleans high school basketball championship. Prior to that blacks could not play for the city title. They could only sit home and wonder "what if". The acting by Andre Braugher and his supporting cast was superb, but i wasn't feeling those accents that Travis and Boo had. I've live in New Orleans, and black folks don't talk like that. Other than that, it was a good movie."
Well Done!
miskaffon2 | Bloomington, IL United States | 10/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't get enough of watching this movie. It was well-written, well-acted, and even though it was easy to figure out the outcome of the final game, that really isn't the point. The point was that the game happened at all. I am actually in the movie (yes, I am an extra-sitting next to one of the parents during the final game), so I saw it first-hand many, many times in real-life during filming. Yet, I still find myself watching it once again to see the story yet one more time. This should be required viewing for high school kids."