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On the Shoulders of Giants

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This documentary, co-written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, tells the story of a black professional basketball team known as the New York Renaissance Big Five, shortened to the New York City Rens by all who knew and loved them. Decades before the civil rights movement, this squad overcame racism and financial troubles to become the first black team to capture a national title in their sport. Although society kept them from competing officially against professional white teams for an extended period of ...
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This documentary, co-written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, tells the story of a black professional basketball team known as the New York Renaissance Big Five, shortened to the New York City Rens by all who knew and loved them. Decades before the civil rights movement, this squad overcame racism and financial troubles to become the first black team to capture a national title in their sport. Although society kept them from competing officially against professional white teams for an extended period of time, they did manage to arrange a famous exhibition match against the recognized national powerhouse of that era. The filmmakers use archival footage, interviews with historians, and reenactments in order to share this inspiring sociological and sports story.
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Special Features

Never before seen bonus material by Basketball legends Bill Russell, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Marques Haynes discussing the History of Basketball; ; Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 037117028832
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Iconomy
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Participant
Jamie Foxx Voice Only
Spike Lee Interviewee
Samuel L. Jackson Interviewee
Maya Angelou Interviewee
John Wooden Interviewee
Julius "Dr. J" Erving Interviewee
Dr. J Interviewee
Bill Russell Interviewee
Bob Costas Interviewee
Jerry West Interviewee
Charles Barkley Interviewee
Carmelo Anthony Interviewee
Jerry Reinsdorf Interviewee
James Worthy Interviewee
Clyde Drexler Interviewee
Cornel West Interviewee
Grant Hill Interviewee
Mannie Jackson Interviewee
Jesse Jackson Interviewee
Al Sharpton Interviewee
Justin Bua Interviewee
Dr. Richard Lapchick Interviewee
Technical Credits
Deborah Morales Director, Producer
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Justin Bua Art Director
Barry Cohen Editor
Bill Cunliffe Score Composer
Herbie Hancock Score Composer
Wynton Marsalis Score Composer
Anna Waterhouse Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- On the Shoulder of Giants
1. Who Is the Greatest? [5:25]
2. Segregation [6:56]
3. Bob Douglas [6:12]
4. Harlem Rens [7:25]
5. Improvise [5:42]
6. Rens vs Celtics [6:14]
7. Self Defense [5:36]
8. Strongest People [7:49]
9. Smiling Bob [6:12]
10. Rens vs Globetrotters [6:50]
11. World Champions [8:40]
12. End Credits [2:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- On the Shoulder of Giants
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   Scene Selection
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      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 2.0 Dolby Digital
   Special Feature
      40 Minutes of Never Before Seen Bonus Material by Basketball Legends Bill Russell, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Marques Haynes Discussing the History of Basketball
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