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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, Al Thompson, Benz Antoine, James Lafferty, Michael James Johnson
  • Directors: Robert Mandel
  • Writers: David W. Rintels, John Feinstein
  • Producers: Chet Fenster, David W. Rintels, Joshua Butler, Lewin Webb, Mark Shapiro
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Dec 3 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714EM
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A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers is based on the best-selling book by John Feinstein. The movie chronicles Indiana's 1985-86 season, when Knight granted Feinstein unprecedented access to the team and its practices, meetings, and huddles.

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It is difficult to do biography films of living persons well, particularly if they are fairly recently in the news. However, sports biographies are easier since you can often follow a team's on field or on court progression along the way which can help fill out the meat of the movie. Season on the Brink is a good example of this.

Brian Denehy is terrific as the volatile Bobby Knight. He becomes Bobby Knight before our very eyes, and in the process we can begin to discern an understanding of the demands and pressures of coaching college basketball. There seems to be little difference between college and pro basketball in terms of the pressures it enacts. There is big money in college basketball, and many universities survive on the income generated from their basketball and football programs.

An entertaining movie about college basketball, the film does a good job of not being too judgmental on the personality of Bobby Knight, and giving proper due to the game of college basketball that needs to give birth to
the Bobby Knight's of college basketball.
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A Season on the Brink was ESPN's first orginal movie. Even though ESPN has never made a movie before this one, and though they don't air movie either. They made this movie. And like 9-11 Commertive Edition the MPAA gave this movie a rating. And this got a R rating for language. And the 9-11 movie got a PG rating. This movie was based on a book called "A Season on the Brink a year with Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers". I watched this movie on ESPN 2 tonight. A Season on the Brink takes place during the 1985-1986 basketball season. And that season Bobby Knight's basketball team opened its season against Norte Dame in December of 1985. Bobby Knight (Brian Dennehy) has come off a losing season and wants his team to win. They beat Norte Dame but then trouble happens one of the basketball has pictures taken for a caldendar. And when Bobby Knight sees the caldendar, it angers him a rule by the NCAA has been broken and the player (I think he was Steve Alford) got suspened for one game and that came is against Kanas in whcih Indiana loses the game. Bobby was Indiana for a long time before he was fired in 2000. ANd now he coaches basketball for Texas Tech. If you love to buy made for tv movies, this is one to get. But please remember this movie was rated R.
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Very good and very objective March 12 2005
By David Freydkin - Published on
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I thought this movie was really good in its objectivity. It neither portrays Bobby Knight as a hero nor a villain, but shows both his good qualities as well as his negative ones. It takes place during a season of the Hoosiers back in the 80s.

Now it does have scenes of Coach Knight lashing out at players. One scene at the start is very effective when he gets angry and loses his temper with Daryl Thomas, literally chewing him out in front of the team. There are other scenes in the movie when he yells at the team when they're not performing up to his expectations.

However, there are an equal number of scenes, which show his nice side. He often helps his players personally, to overcome their problems both on and off the court through guidance and advice. He raised funds to help support a former player of his (Landon Turner) after he got paralyzed. Coach Knight is also shown as a good and dedicated father to his son.

After watching "A Season on the Brink", one could conclude that Bobby Knight is not a bad guy, but a contraversial coach who really should learn how to harness his temper. It is possible to state your disagreement with someone without lashing out at them or putting them down.

The DVD has some good extra features such as an interview with Bobby Knight and a making-of documentary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By The Movie Guy - Published on
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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is how one would describe Bobby Knight. Brian Dennehy gave us an excellent performance. Unfortunately ESPN ran out of money to hire actors after they got Dennehy, making this movie more akin to a one man play.

They used actual footage of games as fillers. It was done poorly as you could tell when they were using stock film and when they were shooting the movie, especially during the second Michigan game when the film all of a sudden had a cheap digital look. This led me to believe this whole thing was filmed with a "cheap" $3,000 digital camera with special lenses to make it look like a major production and during the filming of the second Michigan game, they forgot the lens at the deli, and decided, "what the heck, film it without it, no one will know the difference."

I admit I am not a Bobby Knight fan. I believe in treating people with dignity and maturity, even ball players. In my opinion, the movie appeared to be fair to Bobby as a person, but as a coach, I thought it was more of a dis on his accomplishments.

This movie is for basketball fans only and not recommended as a date movie.
set a new record for FCC violations in a single movie... March 10 2008
By Liz - Published on
Format: DVD
I saw the original airing on ESPN when I was in college...the ESPN2 censored version was just plain ridiculous.

It was entertaining, and for a minute I also got to see a side of Bobby Knight that didn't involve the 60+ FCC violations I tallied on a notepad throughout the movie.

I liked it, but I don't know enough about the Hoosiers' season in question to rate it any higher than four stars. Overall, it wasn't bad.
Kinght coching Feb. 20 2012
By Ashley - Published on
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Season on the Brink is a great movie about Bobby Knight because they dont try and sugar coat who he was they show is ture colors witch are not always plesent . James Lafftery who protrays Steve Alfred who was one of coach knights best player . You may also know James Lafftery for is role as Nathan Scott on One Tree hill.If you like sports movies you should check it out .
Awesome movie if you can tolerate the language May 4 2014
By Caleb H. - Published on
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Brian Dennehy is outstanding in his role as Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight. Although he is very emotionally abusive and brash with his language towards his players, he only yells in order to get his players to win. This movie also shows the caring tender side of Bobby Knight to help get his team on the winning side after starting out with a crappy season

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