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.
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for Something to Cheer About

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

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.

April 29, 2007
New York Times
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Despite a last-reel schmaltz attack, this sports doc presents its blockbuster-baiting material with unfussy immediacy and dignity.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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Plays like a well-intentioned but somewhat dull HBO special.

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Something to Cheer About

A good film about an overlooked and important time and team. Like many similar films, it suffers from a short runtime.

Jason Hartman
Jason Hartman

A documentary about the first all black basketball team to win state. A good story, but this doc was missing something, either in the directing or editing. It didn't have any flare.

Phillip Renke
Phillip Renke

Something to Cheer About is a moving and effective piece of filmmaking, if not a highly advanced one. The film maker's strategy was to find people who had first-hand knowledge of the Chris Attucks High basketball team, interview them and then piece together their interviews to tell a chronological story. No, it's not the most sophisticated film ever and it feels like an ESPN special, especially since it comes in at just over an hour. But, that's alright. This is a modest film with modest goals and it accomplishes what it sets out to do by showing what this team accomplished and the obstacles they overcame.

Faith Burnham
Faith Burnham

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