Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25
years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book
that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.
Click the book to read the first chapter and for
Run Time 106 minutes.
This is a ham-handed,
unprofessional, amateurish, silly attack on the Patriot Act and the Bush
Administration’s monitoring of telephone messages from terrorists. With
Martin Sheen in a supporting role, one expects a frivolous, ideological
left wing slant, but this one is particularly odious.
The first time Max
Peterson (Shane West) appears on the screen, I knew I was in for a long
movie. West is so inept at creating a devil-may-care protagonist that
the movie failed in that nanosecond. The fact that the plot is so
absurdly political merely makes bad, worse. Hammering nails into the
coffin, West appears in almost every scene.
As to the story,
Peterson receives a cell phone in the mail and it unerringly predicts
things that bring him great winnings. Of course this leads him into
depths of mystery that are beyond him, in the course of which he meets
John Reed (Ed Burns, the only person in the movie who gives a
professional performance), a former FBI agent, Dave Grant (Ving Rhames),
an FBI agent, and Kamila (Tamara Feldman), a seducer of questionable
loyalty. Jonathan Pryce, who has a reputation as a competent actor, even
shows up in what amounts to little more than a cameo.
This was directed by
Greg Marcks and written by Kevin Elders and Michael Nitsberg (at least
those are the ones who got credit, and I don’t think they were
collaborators; this is one film that if the writers had any
disagreements or disputes, it was probably to keep their names off of it
instead of fighting for credit). It is such a hackneyed presentation it
even has a foolish car chase that goes on and on and on. At one point
during the chase, which is in
Moscow, Reed asks Max to find a
map, which he does. They come to an intersection and Reed says, “left or
right?” Now, you have to realize that they have driven what seems like a
hundred miles through the streets of Moscow and Reed has
never asked for directions. But suddenly he needs directions at this
It also has the
obligatory gun fights with millions of bullets being shot, hitting
nothing but walls. What I never understand about these movie gun battles
is how the bullets always leave huge holes in the walls, but never seem
to hit the people who are hiding behind those walls.
With an ending that is
such clumsy propaganda it could have been scripted by Vladimir Putin’s
KGB, anybody going to watch this film need not hide behind a wall to
keep from being exposed to talent or entertainment.