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From the producers of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody-Award winning 30 for 30 series, ESPN Films creates exceptional sports stories from some of today's finest filmmakers.
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  1. 1. Magic Johnson: The Announcement
    March 12 2012
    1 h 21 min
    7+
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    On Thursday, Nov. 7, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The 32-year-old ground-breaking point guard was holding a press conference to make the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive.
  2. 2. Fab 5
    March 14 2011
    1 h 37 min
    7+
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    Arriving on the campus of the University of Michigan in the fall of 1991, the five freshmen--Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson--not only electrified the game, but also brought new style to the masses with their baggy shorts, black socks and brash talk.
  3. 3. Catching Hell
    September 28 2011
    1 h 48 min
    7+
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    A foul ball descended from the cold Chicago sky, seemingly destined for the glove of Cubs left fielder Moises Alou. But a flurry of hands reached up and one hand, belonging to Cubs fan Steve Bartman, fatefully tipped the ball away from a frustrated Alou.
  4. 4. Renee
    October 5 2011
    1 h 18 min
    7+
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    The film tells the story of Renée Richard's battle to enter the 1977 U.S. Open as the first transgender tennis player. Simultaneously, it follows her today as she struggles to cope with a life of contradictions and personal conflict.
  5. 5. The Dotted Line
    October 12 2011
    56min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    The Dotted Line is an in-depth look at what it takes to be a big-time agent in the fiercely competitive world of major league sports.
  6. 6. Charismatic
    October 19 2011
    52min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In June of 1999 an unlikely colt named Charismatic, with down and out jockey Chris Antley aboard, headed down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes, just seconds away from becoming the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 21 years.
  7. 7. Real Rocky
    October 26 2011
    58min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, NJ who drives a Cadillac with "Champ" vanity plates. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write "Rocky". Wepner was left out of the "Rocky" glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight.
  8. 8. Unguarded
    November 2 2011
    1 h 20 min
    7+
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    Chris Herren, Fall River, Massachusetts' high school basketball superstar, played for Boston University, for Jerry Tarkanian's Fresno State team, bounced around the NBA and around the globe. Chris failed drug tests wherever he played.
  9. 9. Roll Tide/War Eagle
    November 9 2011
    50min
    7+
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    English
    With two Heisman trophies, two national championships and one crazed fan, the biggest rivalry in college sports, Auburn vs. Alabama, has reached new heights in the last two years.
  10. 10. The Marinovich Project
    December 11 2011
    1 h 20 min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    From birth, Todd Marinovich was raised with a defined purpose of creating the perfect athlete. Trained by his father Marv, a former pro football player, the young Marinovich was meticulously engineered and nurtured into a star quarterback. But three short years later he was out of the NFL.
  11. 11. Dewey Bozella
    March 16 2012
    49min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    ESPN Films tells the inspirational story of Dewey Bozella and follows him through his quest to fight one professional fight as a free man. A promising young boxer from a troubled family, Bozella was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1983 and spent more than 26 years in New York's Sing Sing prison.
  12. 12. Herschel Walker
    September 17 2012
    50min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Profiling former Georgia running back Herschel Walker. The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner overcame teenage bouts with bullying for being overweight and having a severe stutter.
  13. 13. The Play That Changed College Football
    December 5 2011
    50min
    7+
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    The Play That Changed College Football takes a look back at the first SEC Championship Game in 1992 between Florida and Alabama. The documentary dives into what the inaugural championship meant at the time and what it has meant to college football today.
  14. 14. 40 Minutes of Hell
    February 15 2012
    49min
    7+
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    English [CC]
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    Explore the rise, fall and re-birth of legendary University of Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, at a time when the state of Arkansas was at the epicenter of American culture.
  15. 15. Lolo Jones
    May 22 2012
    49min
    7+
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    The appeal of the Lolo Jones story goes beyond the track and field community. It is one of heartbreak, adversity and the hope of triumph at the end, the kind of storyline that appeals to the masses. This is her story!
  16. 16. Going Big
    December 21 2012
    51min
    7+
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    Plagued by injuries at UK and the NBA, Sam Bowie has always been overshadowed by his draft placement. The 7-foot-1 center was seen by many as a franchise player when he was selected by Portland with the second overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, just ahead of Michael Jordan. Sadly, injuries limited his success.
  17. 17. Miracle 3
    March 3 2013
    51min
    7+
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    Unknowingly, Mykal Riley's buzzer beater shot saved thousands of lives. A few minutes into overtime, the Georgia Dome begins to shake. A major tornado is sweeping through downtown Atlanta, the first to hit the city since the 1880s.
  18. 18. Abby Head On
    May 15 2013
    50min
    7+
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    Abby Wambach, the soccer phenom, has maintained an astonishing level of success, from helping the Florida Gators win their first and only national championship, to collecting a Founders Cup title with the WUSA's Washington Freedom and earning two Olympic gold medals.
  19. 19. Croom
    September 26 2012
    49min
    TV-G
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    English [CC]
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    English
    An insightful look at Sylvester Croom, the first African-American center at the University of Alabama and one of the school's first black players.
  20. 20. The Book of Manning
    September 25 2013
    1 h 17 min
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    Perhaps no family has had more influence on a sport than the Mannings. Written into the pages of football folklore is the Manning legend - a father and his sons.
  21. 21. The Stars Are Aligned
    August 15 2014
    51min
    TV-G
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    What do Ashley Judd, Darius Rucker, James Carville and Governor Rick Perry have in common? Well, they live and die with the fortunes of their respective SEC schools.
  22. 22. Bo, Barkley and The Big Hurt
    August 22 2014
    50min
    TV-G
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    It started with the unheralded arrival of a wisecracking heavyweight basketball player named Charles Barkley. Then came the recruitment of multi-sports legend Bo Jackson, a victory in itself since he might have gone to Alabama. When Frank Thomas wasn't drafted by a major league baseball team, he decided to cast his fate with Auburn... as a football player.
  23. 23. It's Time
    September 4 2014
    1 h 17 min
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    On October 28, 1989, Ole Miss defensive back Chucky Mullins hit Vanderbilt running back Brad Gaines in the back and separated him from the ball. While Gaines was uninjured, Mullins suffered a broken neck on the play, leaving him a quadriplegic.
  24. 24. The Believer
    August 27 2014
    1 h 17 min
    TV-G
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    The SEC is in Steve Spurrier's blood. He grew up in Tennessee as a fan of the Volunteers. He won the Heisman Trophy as the quarterback for the University of Florida, and then came back to coach the Gators to a national championship. Now he coaches the University of South Carolina, the team that produced the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Jadeveon Clowney.
  25. 25. The Little Master
    February 16 2015
    50min
    TV-G
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The tale of the 2011 Cricket World Cup and India's come from behind victory- the culmination of a journey that illustrates how a sport and one man, Sachin Tendulkar, redefined the rise of a nation over the course of a few weeks.
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Eric MayforthReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Bad Boys Hammer Out Two Titles in a Competitive Era
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The late Eighties and early Nineties were an extremely competitive era in the NBA. It was a time before the full watering down of the league, and a team had to be truly great to win the title then. The Detroit Pistons were such a team in 1989 and 1990, and this episode of ESPN's "30 for 30" looks back at the Pistons' brief but brilliant run. The Pistons drafted Isiah Thomas in 1981, and this episode recalls GM Jack McCloskey's building of the team and the addition of players around Thomas, as well as the hiring of legendary coach Chuck Daly.

The Pistons suffered brutal losses to the Celtics in the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals and to the Lakers in the 1988 NBA Finals, but after a key trade, Detroit broke through in 1989 and defended their crown in 1990. Their run ended in 1991 at the hands of the Bulls and the team broke up afterward, but the Pistons of that era were a truly memorable team, and this is yet another great "30 for 30" episode. This DVD is rounded out with a bonus feature—Isiah Thomas, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose, and Bill Simmons discuss the Pistons of that era.
Ariel FloresReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
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I hated Duke and wanted Michigan to crush them
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I grew up in the early 90's watching my beloved Lakers beginning to deteriorate. This was also the time I began listening to rap and hip-hop. And then the Wolverines show up and they were the team to watch. My friends and I entered into the Hoop-it-up basketball tournament in 92 and we were the 7th team to be named with some form of the Fab Five (We were the Fab 5ive). I hated Duke and wanted Michigan to crush them.Watching this documentary and seeing Chris Webber call the timeout was heartbreaking to watch again...not to mention laugh when he wasn't called for travelling. At the same time I was glad for George Lynch to be drafted by the Lakers.

Overall, good documentary. What a blast of nostalgia, especially seeing Juwon do the Cabbage Patch!
TimReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2015
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This film is very emotional and is highly recommended for all viewers
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Very interesting and compelling story. All the coaches, players, the team, and especially Chucky, Brad and the OLE Miss head coach were and are men of high character and integrity. This film has a lot of spiritual, faith and Christian undertones which I found very uplifting. This film is very emotional and is highly recommended for all viewers. Although the film has a football context, this story goes much deeper into the lives of those involved and of life in general. A football, as well as a non-football fan will equally enjoy this film.
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Tieuel LegacyReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2015
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Don't Like Them?
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Outside of Michigan, hoop fans might not have liked them but everyone had to respect them. This documentary makes the Bad Boys human during a time when they were the team to beat. Not only does the director provide the story of their power, they show their humble beginnings and endings. Detroit citizens should be proud of this. As a bonus that many 30 for 30 films don't have, they included the Grantland Remix with Isaiah and Coach Collins. You MUST watch it.
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amazon customerReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
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There's never been another team like them!
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The bad boys changed the game of basketball...and rules had to be changed because of them. Great documentary for those who want to relive those days and for those who are younger basketball fans. I bought this as a gift for my son and he references it a lot.
MitzMitziReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
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and married the love of his life
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This is based on the true story of Dewey Bozella, an innocent man thrown in jail for a crime he didn't commit. While in jail, he learned to become a boxer, got his high school diploma and his master's degree, and married the love of his life. He spent 26 years in jail, but decided to forgive everyone who put him there and move forward in his new boxing career. For teachers, this is a spectacular program to pair with the book The Other Wes Moore. The kids love watching it and I never get sick of seeing it several times a year each year.
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karenReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
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Excellent series of sports documentaries covering a wide range of topics
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I'm giving this a 5-star review for "Roll Tide / War Eagle" alone, which is one of the best SEC Storied (or 30 for 30) films ever. It's a favorite of mine as an SEC football fanatic; though I'm neither a Bama nor Auburn fan. That film should be mandatory viewing for any college football fan or casual observer, especially for those who are outside the SEC! Other great films in this series include: "The Believer;" "The Book of Manning" which really changed my opinion on the Manning family; "The Announcement;" and "The Play that Changed College Football." The documentary "Unguarded" is one of the most compelling films I've seen about the impact of addiction and is absolutely worth the $5! Don't miss it.
Nancy MitchellReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2015
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Love These and I'm No Sports Fan
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I never watch sporting events but love ESPN films. Their stories are neatly packaged and well-done as they show the universal but unique struggles of athletes. My favorites are those of sports figures who aren't household names -- the ones who've struggled with injuries or addictions -- and never lived up to the hype. These are the individuals who've had lives of tremendous high and lows but keep going. My favorite portraits include Renee Richards, Marinovich Project, and Unguarded. These films definitely transcend sports.
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