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The Other Dream Team (2012)The Other Dream Team (2012)

The Other Dream Team (2012)

Documentary

best
THE VERY BEST

8.4

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Lithuania, United States of America
English, Lithuanian
Easy, Inspiring, True-story-based
2012
Marius A. Markevicius, Marius Markevicius
Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton, Chris Mullin
89 min

Synopsis

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The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and – with help from the Grateful Dead – triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Our Take

8.4
Jamie Rutherford

Another fantastic documentary from 2012, this one tells the remarkable story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Men’s Basketball team that received scant attention in the shadow of the renowned U.S. “Dream Team” of NBA superstars (Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, etc.). The Lithuanians’ story is all the more fascinating in that it comes immediately on the heels of their country’s freedom from Communist rule. With little hope of participating in the Barcelona games, they received the most unlikely last-minute assistance from the Grateful Dead, of all sources. A really great true-life story, told with an exuberance and a verve not often expected from non-fiction filmmaking. I challenge anyone watch this one and walk away uninspired.

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