The Other Dream Team (2012)
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Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the '88 Seoul Olympics, Marciulionis and Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four year later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, willing newly-independent Lithuania to the medal stand in Barcelona. The film documents the Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. -- (C) Official Site … More
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as Mickey Hart
as Jim Lampley
as Bill Walton
as Greg Speirs
as Arvydas Sabonis
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Critic Reviews for The Other Dream Team
You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form.
Here's a twist on the plucky underdog sports movie. The Other Dream Team adds rock 'n' roll and eastern European history to the rah-rah mix.
In an era when so much of the focus in sports is on the glam and the glitz, it's nice to be reminded that it can still be about heart and soul, too.
If you root for documentaries with heart, "The Other Dream Team" is a slam dunk.
Audience Reviews for The Other Dream Team
In 1988 the United States felt crushed that they lost the gold medal in the Seoul Olympic games to the Soviet Union men's basketball team. This documentary shows us why we shouldn't have felt so demoralized over that defeat as the Soviets used four Lithuanian players to win that coveted medal -- four Lithuanians who detested everything the USSR stood for. A mere four years later -- after the destruction of the Soviet Union -- the Lithuanians were able to compete under their own national flag and strive to become medal contenders for their own national glory.
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