Rebound: The Legend Of Earl "The Goat" Manigault (1996)



In this inspirational made-for-HBO biopic, a professional basketball player from Harlem hits bottom after becoming addicted to drugs but cleans up his act and dedicates himself to teaching inner-city kids to play.

ReboundIn this inspirational made-for-HBO biopic, a professional basketball player from Harlem hits bottom after becoming addicted to drugs but cleans up his act and dedicates himself to teaching inner-city kids to play.

In the Harlem of 1959, young Earl Manigault lived with Miss Mary, a warm hearted, hard working woman who was devoted to his care, after his mother died. He was a young teenager who was just starting to burn up the local basketball courts, playing against older, more experienced players. Earl comes under the scrutiny of parks supervisor, Mr. Rucker, a well-known local and former street basketball player, who started the well-respected Ruckers League, and Diego, a self-styled coach and older local basketball player. He also gets to know Legrand, the local drug dealer. 

Our Take: I love watching this movie because it relies heavily on the concept of simply never giving up. Whatever dreams you may have had before that first drink or smoke, you can still see them fulfilled in recovery. It also clearly demonstrates how ready our 'friends' are to pull us back into the mire. 

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