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Jim Brown: All-American
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Jim Brown: All-American

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Director: Spike Lee, Jim Brown, Dr. Walter Beach, Hank Aaron

Cast: Spike Lee, Jim Brown, Dr. Walter Beach, Hank Aaron

 
Jim Brown has led one of the more remarkable lives of any professional athlete. Spike Lee's documentary about the running back/actor/activist, Jim Brown: All American comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are

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Jim Brown has led one of the more remarkable lives of any professional athlete. Spike Lee's documentary about the running back/actor/activist, Jim Brown: All American comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track by Spike Lee, who offers plenty of insight into the process of making the film as well as his personal feelings about his controversial subject.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Spike Lee's documentary on the football star, movie actor, and social activist is a no-frills examination of a man who has rarely been out of the public spotlight for over 45 years. Jim Brown talks about the various phases of his life, from his boyhood in the all-black community of St. Simons Island, Georgia; to his adolescence on Long Island, where he became a multi-sport star athlete; to his college days at Syracuse University; to his 9-year career as the NFL's leading running back with the Cleveland Browns; to his days as an action star in Hollywood films; to his work with various social programs, many designed to help inner city youth. Among the many interview subjects are Art Modell, the onetime owner of the Browns; former Cleveland Brown teammates Dick Schafrath, John Wooten, Bobby Mitchell, Paul Warfield, and Walter Beach; filmmaking colleagues Fred Williamson and Bernie Casey (both football players turned actors), Raquel Welch, Oliver Stone, James Toback, Melvin Van Peebles, and Stella Stevens; Kim Brown and James Brown, Jr., two of Brown's children from his first marriage; and Rockhead Johnson, a former Los Angeles gang leader and officer of Brown's Amer-I-Can organization. Lee does address Brown's ongoing legal problems over various assault charges, many of them involving women, and he tracks down a onetime Brown lover who in the mid-60s wound up in the hospital after an incident at his Los Angeles home. Brown appeared in a supporting role in Lee's film He Got Game. This film, co-produced by HBO's sports division, was released theatrically for a limited run; a version running 114 minutes premiered on HBO several months later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0026359201820
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Time:
2:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes an audio commentary with director Spike Lee

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Brown Himself
Walter Beach Participant
Hank Aaron Participant
Bernie Casey Participant
Johnnie L. Cochran Participant
Joe Frazier Participant
Art Modell Participant
Bill Russell Participant
Stella Stevens Participant
Oliver Stone Participant
James Toback Participant
Melvin Van Peebles Participant
Raquel Welch Participant
Fred Williamson Participant
Karen Brown Ward Participant
Jim N. Brown Participant
Oren Lyons Participant
Edward Walsh Participant
Arias Dallas Brown Participant
Paul Warfield Participant

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Producer
Rick Bernstein Executive Producer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Mike Ellis Co-producer
Mark Fason Editor
Ross Greenburg Executive Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Pollard Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. From the Beginning [5:59]
2. St. Simon's Island [5:35]
3. Manhasset [6:43]
4. Going to Syracuse [11:49]
5. Prove Them Wrong [4:08]
6. A Game of Champions [5:17]
7. Cleveland Browns [8:39]
8. Mr. Football [9:35]
9. Black Economic Union [4:43]
10. Hollywood [8:24]
11. 100 rilfes [3:16]
12. Sex Symbol [5:10]
13. A Memoir [4:06]
14. Richard Pryor [6:24]
15. The Scandals [3:49]
16. The Wide and the Volcano [5:02]
17. Thrown From a Window [4:38]
18. The Program [8:49]
19. A Famous Father [9:58]
20. Second Chance [7:54]

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Jim Brown: All-American 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Today I watched the Jim Brown DVD, it is a must see for all those who have followed any of Brown's careers. This Documentary shows the true side of a man among men, who wouldn't compromise his intergrity for the love of money or fame.