"Pistol" Pete Maravich had a dream - that he could achieve anything he put his heart and mind into. He wanted to become the greatest player anyone had ever seen. The Pistol is the true story of a legacy handed down from on... more »e generation to the next. Much more than a story about basketball, this is a story of a boy and his relationship with his father. It's a movie of the American Dream. 'Pistol' Pet Maravich (Adam Guier), a scrawny five-foot-two, 90 pound eighth-grader plays basketball with the innocence of a child and the determination of a champion. Pete inherited a dream from his father, Press Maravich (Nick Benedict) and he believed that if he committed himself completely to his dream, he would one day play professional basketball and win a championship ring. Including Academy Award nominee Millie Perkins as Pete's mother Helen, 'The Pistol' shares the story of an American sports legend. It teaches us the American Dream is alive and well to all those who believe in it. DVD features: "Maravich Memories" - Making of Documentary, Out-Takes & Bloopers, Pistol Pete's Sports Records Gallery, Pistol Pete Trivia, English & Spanish Language Tracks, Commentary by the Producers, High-Def Transfer, 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVD-9.« less
Cecil Albrecht (email@example.com) | Carrollton, TX | 11/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must see movie for all Dads and sons (or daughters). FYI: Re the previous reviewer that gave it one star. The movie is not a lie. Before Pete Maravich attended Needham-Broughton high, he did indeed play at Daniel High in Clemson, SC. He holds the record there with 483 points in one season. Without this uninformed one star review, the movie would get the five stars that it so richly deserves."
"Pistol Pete" Maravich: Superstar Scorer And Showman
JAMES H. LISTER | DENTON, MARYLAND USA | 10/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This wonderful basketball movie is a childhood biography of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinee Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich. He was one of the few people in basketball history bred by his father Press Maravich to become a basketball child prodigy.
Out of all the basketball movies ever released I would rate very few as truly exceptional. This is one of the best basketball movies ever made. It portrays the loving obsession of Pete's desire to become a basketball scoring superman and showman supreme. Maravich later lived up to his self-fulfilling prophecy of what NBA basketball hall-of- famer Isiah Thomas stated: " 'Pistol Pete' Maravich was probably the greatest NBA showman of all time ". Maravich, probably more than any other NBA player is responsible for the basketball "showtime" obsession we are permeated with today. He was the forerunner of assimilating more "Harlem Globetrotter" trick skills to seriously competitive NBA games than any individual before him.
"The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend" shows Pete in his self-training with amazing basketball handling and trick shooting skills. Former UCLA coach John Wooden stated that "Pistol Pete" Maravich could perform more amazing things with a basketball when he was in the tenth grade than any Harlem Globetrotter John Wooden ever saw.
This movie depicts Maravich's schoolboy career. Although in the past some plans had been made to create a movie about the entire life of Pete Maravich such a movie has never come to fruition. This is the only movie about Maravich in existence. Adam Guier as Pete Maravich and Nick Benedict as his father perform fine acting portrayals. Admittedly, Pete was spindly and somewhat ill health in appearance ( whereas Adam Guier is not ) and the real Press Maravich as his father was in fact probably tougher acting than Nick Benedict, this is still a very creditable acting performance. This movie doesn't explore the tragic personal problems Pete's mother had.
This inspirational movie has a Christian tone to it and it was the recipient of a Christian award to films. Although Pete Maravich early in his life wasn't clean cut in his life-style he spent a great deal of time spreading the Christian message in his later years before he so tragically died on a basketball court at a church school in California at the age of forty. This movie was released close to the time of his death so it is more in keeping with his moralistic intentions at that time. Perhaps because this movie wasn't released by Hollywood is the very reason why it is such a superb movie.
I perform one person basketball trick shooting shows and I must confess to you that Pete Maravich influenced me more than any one else other than the Harlem Globetrotters. Thanks to idolizing Pete when I was a teenager I am able to perform some of those extraordinarily difficult trick shots you see Adam Guier perform in this movie to a phenomenally high degree of statistical accuracy.
If you should only view five basketball movies in your lifetime this movie should be one of them."
Pistol Pete | Houston, TX United States | 02/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pistol Pete is one of my favorite basketball movies of all time, ranking right up there with Hoosiers. I don't understand why they haven't put it on DVD yet.
Pistol Pete sticks to the life of 8th grader Pete Maravich. His dad is a coach at the local college and teaches him basketball in his spare time. Pete doesn't fit in very well at school because he is so hooked on basketball. He gets a chance to try out for the team and hijinx ensue. It is actually pretty good basketball to watch - even though it was made a while ago and on a shoestring budget. I wish I could have seen Pete Maravich play when he was alive. Great for the whole family."
Inspiring and uplifting family film
Pistol Pete | 11/21/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Pistol" was rated G for "GREAT!", said one reviewer when it was theatrically released in 1990. I concur. It's rare to see a biography that has the courage to show the least famous part of an individual's life, i.e. Pistol Pete Maravich's childhood, and the father-son relationship that was the fuel for Pete's later basketball greatness. It was so much more than just a basketball movie. It's the kind of movie you want to sit down with your entire family and enjoy. There's something for everyone in this movie. My 2 1/2 year-old-son loves the opening storm scene and the basketball sequences. As a mom, I love the scenes with Press and Helen Maravich, and of course, the wonderfully touching scenes with Press and Pete. Basketball enthusiasts will enjoy some of the historical touches, as well as Pete's signature showboat passes, dribbles, ballhandling, and shooting. There's drama galore, wonderful music, and even great character development to treat film officionados. Too bad there's not a CD of the music in "The Pistol," because there's a lot of really meaningful and catchy stuff. I find myself singing the tunes even now. So if you're looking for a really good family film, something you don't have to worry about your kids watching, and they'll watch again and again, "The Pistol" is a must. Let me recommend a companion series done by the late great Pistol himself that shows him teaching his drills and basketball skills: Homework Basketball (4 tape series). END"
Pistol Pete Maravich was the greatest basketball player ever
firstname.lastname@example.org Zach Rocha | New Bedford, MA | 02/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pistol : the Birth of a Legend has to be one of the best movies in sports ever. It tells the story of where Pete's dream to become the greatest basketball player ever begins. In his freshman year of high school, Pete Maravich had a lot of trouble. The first knock against him was that his dad was considered a psycho by the town because he taught Pete the weirdest basketball drills and Pete was considered a hot dog when he put these drills to use on the basketball court. Another thing his teammates hated was that a lowly freshman was playing and starting on a team that traditionally only played seniors. The coach's son had a real problem with Pete because of his show-boating and at one time in the movie challenged Pete to spin the basketball on his finger for one hour just to show him up in front of everybody! It ends up backfiring against him in the end as Pete successfully completes the task and shows up the coach's son instead. This was a also a great movie because not only did Pete overcome all this adversity, but he also had a great deal of importance in the first black-white high school basketball game in South Carolina. I just saw the tv movie "Passing Glory" about the first black-white game in Lousiana high school basketball history and thought that both this movie and "Passing Glory" were very well-done in the way they interpreted the hardships of prejudice in the south at the time. As a matter of fact, Maravich is mentioned in the movie because at the time he was playing college basketball at LSU, although it was a derogatory statement about how people saw Pete play the game at the time. This movie was also made just before Pete's untimely death and there is a tribute to his life at the end of the movie. If you like basketball, Pete Maravich, or just want to see a really good movie which you can watch over and over again, then I would recommend purchasing the "Pistol: Birth of a Legend.""