Knights of the South Bronx

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Inspired by the true-life tale of a dedicated elementary-school teacher who inspired his inner-city students by teaching them the game of chess, Allen Hughes' uplifting made for television feature marks a noted departure from such previous efforts as From Hell and Menace II Society. Richard Mason (Ted Danson) was middle-aged and unemployed when he decided to take up teaching inner-city students, and though most of the kids in his classroom couldn't have cared less about their education in the beginning, something curious happened as time went on. Realizing that he wasn't getting very far with his students through conventional means, Richard realized that he would have to innovate in order to encourage critical thinking among the impressionable youngsters. By breaking the curriculum and instead teaching his pupils the finer points of chess, the man who had once lost all motivation in life suddenly realizes just what a difference one teacher can make if they simply become more attuned to the needs of their students.


Critic Reviews for Knights of the South Bronx

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  • Stubbornly refuses to rise above its own genre, sticking so closely to the formula that it winds up earning more snickers than applause.

    Nov 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Knights of the South Bronx

  • Mar 18, 2012
    A well-executed, inspiring, feel good classroom film. I just love movies like this. A little more than made-for-tvish, but it did my heart good...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2010
    not one of the best family films going as it's slightly too predictable but good to see danson in a different type of role than usual... and also keke palmer who also played akeelah in akeelah and the bee seems to have a possibly bright future ahead of her as an actress
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2008
    Who knew that a movie about chess could be so inspiring?
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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