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As a long-time sports fan, I was shocked that I never knew anything about this team. It is truly an inspirational story for persons of all ages. I especially recommend it for high school students, both as a good history of the Cold War but more importantly as a study in human courage and dignity.
Chronicles Russia's conquering of Lithuania and for forty years controlling the people. Their basketball players play for the USSR. When the Soviet Union goes to pieces (communism does not work) Lithuania aspires to send teams of their own. With $ backing from the band The Grateful Dead they are able to make a name for themselves in the 1992 Summer Olympics. Insightful.
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Inspirational story of a team that dreamed of freedom for their country as much as they did Olympic glory.
Way more than basketball. A history and sociology lesson. Some parts are so funny, I couldn't contain my laughter. Highly, highly recommend if you like basketball.
The Other Dream Team is the greatest combination sports/ history documentary that I have ever seen. Outstanding!
You can read all the previous reviews which chime in about the nation of Lithuania. How Lithuania suffered under russian aggression. What I really like about the basketball aspect of the Lithuanian team ? They are TREMENDOUS outside shooters. You cannot stop a great team that has great 3 point shooters along with all the other fundamentals. LONG LIVE LITHUANIA !!
The Other Dream Team is about the Lithuanian men’s basketball team that competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. That team included four players who also competed for the USSR men’s basketball team prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union and their pride in their country’s independence and their prowess on the basketball court is quite endearing.
But the documentary is more than just about sports. It is about how the Lithuanians, and these men in particular, coped in the totalitarian USSR. One of the greatest basketball players of all time, who was eventually inducted into the pro basketball Hall of Fame, was Arvydas Sabonis, who never got to play in the NBA until he was past his prime because of the political system in the USSR. One player did defect to the US to play pro basketball under the regime, at the risk of his life.
The greatest part of this team is how loose and carefree they were. The Grateful Dead were solicited to help the team with finances and they wore Grateful Dead tie-dyed t-shirts during the Olympics in honor of the band.
Seeing what these players went through, their pride in representing Lithuania in the Olympics, the struggles they went through to get there, and their post-Olympic successes makes for an uplifting story even non-sports fans will greatly enjoy.
This is really worth watching. Sports bring everyone together.
The reason I bought this movie is because a hot Lithuanian girl of whom I was trying to woo said she wanted to see it. So I bought it and was suprized with it! I liked the history and thought it was amazing how basketball in a way affected the nation and some could argue was a factor in Lithuanian independence! As for me and the Lithuanian it didn't work out because she turned out to be a pretty selfish person.....:-( worth a shot lol. Movie is good though!
Watched with my 14 year old basketball son. We were able to learn history together and appreciate the wonderful country we live in.
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