The Basket (1999)




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In this drama about intolerance and acceptance that takes place during World War I, a pair of German orphans, Helmut and Brigitta, are sent to a farming community in the Pacific Northwest after a stay in an internment camp. While they are welcomed by some in the town, many resent their presence, especially those who have lost family members in the war. However, a teacher at the school takes a liking to them, and Helmut discovers he has a talent for basketball. Eventually, Helmut gets a chance to prove his worth to the community by playing in a special basketball game; if the neighborhood team wins, it will mean a new harvesting machine for the local farmers.
PG (Some mild violence and brief language.)
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Peter Coyote
as Martin Conlon
Karen Allen
as Bessie Emery
Joey Travolta
as Charlie Cohn
Eric Dane
as Tom Emery
Casey Cowan
as Samuel Emery
Jack Bannon
as Marcus Danielson
Robert Karl Burke
as Helmut Brink
Brian Skala
as Nathan Emery
Ellen Travolta
as Agnes Barnes
Amber Willenborg
as Brigitta Brink
Patrick Treadway
as Frederick Treadway
Jock MacDonald
as Nicholas Emery
Tony Lincoln
as Rev. Simms
Elwon Bakley
as Ben Emery
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Critic Reviews for The Basket

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Clunky and obvious.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An ambitious, complicated, and thoughtful story.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

Needs to bore a hole in itself and let the sap run out.

March 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

... a couple of pleasing performances and some truly wonderful cinematography

July 31, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This type of maudlin, medicinal family film is a dime a dozen on the tube, where it belongs.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

There are no gray areas of morality. And there are no technical or artistic innovations whatsoever.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Basket


An inspiring sports movie. Just what I need! Just maybe not this one... Stale performances and one of the worst movie accents of all-time by Peter Coyote, 'Basket' ends up being uninspiring in its attempt to inspire. Sure, you get a good message out of it but at what cost?

Ben Bartos
Ben Bartos

This film has a good message, but it could have used a good director, a good script, and a handful of good actors. Sorry, Mr. Coyote, but this one is nothing to howl about. A nice idea, but clumsily produced and full of sentimentality.


Nice, heart warming movie with a good message to all . Young Eric Dane does a really great job.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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