The Other Dream Team (2012)

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Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country break free from the shackles of Communism. After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the '88 Seoul Olympics, Marciulionis and Sabonis were poster boys for the Soviet sports machine. Four year later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, willing newly-independent Lithuania to the medal stand in Barcelona. The film documents the Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to the vagaries of Communist rule. -- (C) Official Site
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NR
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Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for The Other Dream Team

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19)

You don't have to give a hoot about basketball to enjoy this movie. This is a movie about identifying with, admiring and responding to achievement in any form.

Full Review… | October 31, 2012
Detroit News
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It is a dream fulfilled.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Here's a twist on the plucky underdog sports movie. The Other Dream Team adds rock 'n' roll and eastern European history to the rah-rah mix.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In an era when so much of the focus in sports is on the glam and the glitz, it's nice to be reminded that it can still be about heart and soul, too.

October 26, 2012
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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If you root for documentaries with heart, "The Other Dream Team" is a slam dunk.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Adding detailed historical context, the quirky feel-good story becomes a tragedy and a lesson. And that makes the victories resonate even more.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Other Dream Team

If you're someone who finds history in text books to often be difficult to read, this film approaches history from a human and cultural perspective. It gives you insights into the lives and people who fought for freedom from the soviet union and what life was like at that time. It keeps you at the edge of your seat rooting the Lithuanians to their victory, their freedom. One of the best films I have seen that is able to blend the story of individual triumph, a nation's fight for freedom, basketball, and even music.

Milda Chmiel
Milda Chmiel

Phenomenal sports doc! As good as any of the "30 for 30's" I've seen. Does a good job of tying in the atrocities experienced by the people of Lithuania under Soviet rule. It proves that sports help unite people and give them hope, courage and strength in the face of adversity. To win a gold medal for a country they were forced to play for, then fight and gain their independence, only to get to face that same country, no longer under their rule, for a medal 4 years later....it doesn't get any more dramatic, in my opinion. Great film, one of the best documentaries I've ever seen!

Brantly  Drappp
Brantly Drappp
½

More of a political and historical documentary than sports documentary, The Other Dream Team provides a story of inspiring figures that took part in a monumental but forgotten moment of European history. The film just occasionally loses its focus from the story in an unnecessary attempt to connect to the current.

Zack Ford
Zack Ford

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