Something to Cheer About (2001)

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The first all-black high school basketball team to win a U.S. state championship and the coach who inspired them to always play at the top of their game are profiled in director Betsy Blankenbaker's inspirational documentary. The Crispus Attucks Tigers is a team that helped to get numerous kids off of the streets while raising community morale and breaking down the color barrier in professional sports. Former Crispus Attucks Tigers include such famed sports luminaries as Harlem Globetrotter Hallie Bryant, All American Basketball Player Willie Merriweather, and NBA MVP Oscar Robertson. These are the players that forever changed the face of basketball, and they all got their start by playing for the team that provided hope when it seemed that all had been lost.

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Plodding but heartfelt, Something to Cheer About pays tribute to a time when basketball scholarships and professional opportunities were practically unknown. Back then, a player's only opportunity was to make history.

Apr 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Despite a last-reel schmaltz attack, this sports doc presents its blockbuster-baiting material with unfussy immediacy and dignity.

Apr 28, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The movie could have had much greater resonance were it not focused so monolithically on basketball. One wonders what life was like at Attucks High, or how the players' success on the court affected their lives off it.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Plays like a well-intentioned but somewhat dull HBO special.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Detroit News
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At just over an hour, it seems better suited for TV viewing than a theatrical release.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

One of [director] Blankenbaker's key acquisitions here is the grainy black and white footage of Crispus Attucks in action during the mid-1950s. It is stunning stuff.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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