The Pistol - The Birth of a Legend 1990

The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend

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Growing up in a small South Carolina town in 1959, Pete Maravich (Adam Guier) is encouraged by his father, Press (Nick Benedict), to pursue his basketball dreams despite his small stature. Allowed to join the varsity team by coach Vern Pendleton (Murrell "Boots" Garland), Pete's fast playing style earns him the nickname "Pistol," but his success draws the ire of the coach's son (Buddy Petrie). Despite initial opposition, Pete keeps playing in this true story about the basketball legend.

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  • Jan 17, 2015
    I wanted to see this 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th grade basketball season of Pete Maravich because I really appreciated his father Press Maravich - in real life. This was just a sugar coated version made with low budget, and probably as a result we got bad acting, bad editing, bad dialogues in a film which presents his early beginnings and the origin of the "Pistol" nickname. The events were set in Clemson, SC, where the elder Maravich served as head coach for Clemson Tigers men's basketball. The story was told in such a fashion like it's intended as a bed time story - to make you fall asleep quickly! I found out that most of the time the only positive reviews are coming from Christian film clubs! The film is regarded as a family film - I will say for families who have no life! There are some good advices and life coaching lines in it, but everything was presented the worst possible way! Skip it!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2010
    This deserves to be up there with the best of the best basketball films ever made. Very underrated. Being born in 1980, I never got to see Pistol Pete play (I've only seen a few plays of his on ESPN), but I remember my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Crew, having us watch this movie and all the black boys sitting around me were even amazed at how the boy, Adam Guier, could do so many things w/the ball so well at that age. If Pistol Pete had lived up to his full potential (i.e., been as good as he was in college - he still has the all-time record for most points per game average in a season - 40 something, that won't ever be beat) and played longer in the NBA than he did, it'd be him everyone knows and hears most about than Larry Bird. This movie was a pure joy to watch. Not only did I see it in the 10th grade, I watched it again last weekend.
    Jason O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2008
    Terrible movie about an amazing player. The religious angle makes it creey, too.
    Tim S Super Reviewer

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