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The Other Dream Team

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This documentary traces the history of the Lithuanian national basketball team. For decades, the country's best athletes were abused and mistreated by the USSR. However, after the Soviet Union collapsed, the country fielded its own team for the 1992 Summer Olympics and became something of a cause clbre. Although that was the same year the Unites States caused a worldwide sensation by sending pro players to the Olympics for the first time -- putting together a squad that included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson -- the talented underdogs from Lithuania also captured the imagination of the public, thanks in part to their close relationship to the rock band the Grateful Dead.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] rousing document of how one oppressed country reclaimed its identity and won its freedom in large part through its basketball prowess."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "In THE OTHER DREAM TEAM, athletes prevail, joyously, by reaching back to memories forged during decades of poverty, suffering and national humiliation."
    Wall Street Journal

    "A stranger-than-fiction look at how sports and politics have intersected to highly dramatic effect in the history of modern Lithuania..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Getting interviews with all the major players, as well as commentary from historical experts like The New Yorkers David Remnick and sports talkers like Jim Lampley and Bill Walton, THE OTHER DREAM TEAM patiently sets the context for Lithuanias triumph."
    A.V. Club

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