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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend

G 1991 1h 41m Biography List
Reviews 78% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Growing up in a small South Carolina town in 1959, Pete Maravich (Adam Guier) is encouraged by his father, Press (Nick Benedict), to pursue his basketball dreams despite his small stature. Allowed to join the varsity team by coach Vern Pendleton (Murrell "Boots" Garland), Pete's fast playing style earns him the nickname "Pistol," but his success draws the ire of the coach's son (Buddy Petrie). Despite initial opposition, Pete keeps playing in this true story about the basketball legend. Read More Read Less

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Brian Costello Common Sense Media Inspiring true sports story with bullies, discrimination. Rated: 3/5 Feb 6, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Great inspirational movie about the early years of "Pistol Pete". No quite as good as "Rudy", but an entertaining underdog story nonetheless! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Watched this to get the kids pumped for their first game today. It totally worked. While the movie itself was probably a little too long and didn't have the best acting (the narrator was hard to hear sometimes and definitely didn't catch my kids attention), the story was great and our kids loved it. It's on Netflix now! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I wanted to see this 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th grade basketball season of Pete Maravich because I really appreciated his father Press Maravich - in real life. This was just a sugar coated version made with low budget, and probably as a result we got bad acting, bad editing, bad dialogues in a film which presents his early beginnings and the origin of the "Pistol" nickname. The events were set in Clemson, SC, where the elder Maravich served as head coach for Clemson Tigers men's basketball. The story was told in such a fashion like it's intended as a bed time story - to make you fall asleep quickly! I found out that most of the time the only positive reviews are coming from Christian film clubs! The film is regarded as a family film - I will say for families who have no life! There are some good advices and life coaching lines in it, but everything was presented the worst possible way! Skip it! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member own it.. its a great movie to bad disc to digital won't wrk on it Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member If you're a basketball fan, you should know about Pistol Pete. Great movie about his younger years. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member All I can say is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Growing up in a small South Carolina town in 1959, Pete Maravich (Adam Guier) is encouraged by his father, Press (Nick Benedict), to pursue his basketball dreams despite his small stature. Allowed to join the varsity team by coach Vern Pendleton (Murrell "Boots" Garland), Pete's fast playing style earns him the nickname "Pistol," but his success draws the ire of the coach's son (Buddy Petrie). Despite initial opposition, Pete keeps playing in this true story about the basketball legend.
Director
Frank C. Schroeder
Producer
Darrel Campbell
Rating
G
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 41m
Sound Mix
Surround