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Knights of the South Bronx (2005)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 6 December 2005
The movie is based on the life & times of David MacEnulty who taught schoolchildren of the Bronx Community Elementary School 70 to play at competition level, eventually winning New York ... See full summary »

Director:

Allen Hughes

Writers:

Jamal Joseph (teleplay), Dianne Houston (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Richard
Malcolm David Kelley ... Jimmy
Keke Palmer ... Kenya Russell
Clifton Powell ... Cokey
Devon Bostick ... Darren
Brian Markinson ... Arnie
Kate Vernon ... Richard's wife
Alex Karzis ... Kasparov
Karen LeBlanc ... Dolly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Asst. Princpal Hill
Cameron Ansell Cameron Ansell ... Jimmy's Opponent
Brandon Bally Brandon Bally ... Peach Thug #2
Yves Beneche ... MD (as Yves Michel-Beneche)
Gabe Bettio ... Parent #1
Brad Borbridge Brad Borbridge ... Player #3
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The movie is based on the life & times of David MacEnulty who taught schoolchildren of the Bronx Community Elementary School 70 to play at competition level, eventually winning New York City and the New York State Chess Championships. The screenplay portrays whistle-blowing and a mid-life crisis that combine to remove Richard Mason (played by Ted Danson) from his old job & current lifestyle. He becomes a substitute teacher and is assigned to a fourth-grade class in a South Bronx school. In the class are students with parents who are drug addicts or in jail or just scrambling to pay the bills. Few of them see a purpose in school other than meeting society's requirements, and he struggles, mostly in vain, to reach them. Then a student whose father is in jail sees Mason in the park playing a simultaneous exhibition, and beating fourteen opponents at once. He asks to learn the game. One thing leads to another, and soon the entire class is interested in the game. Mason convinces them that ... Written by Donald Gulledge

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Spiel des Lebens See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

It took producer Diane Nabatoff 5 years to get this movie made. See more »

Goofs

In the big close-up in Jimmy's game at the Nationals, he waits a while, then moves the pawn in front of his Queen, which is correctly placed on a white square. The board has been set up wrongly, though, so the Queen should be on his left. A later shot shows the King and Queen in their correct positions. See more »

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Richard: The Queen is the most powerful piece on the board, the catch is everyone wants to kill her.
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We need to remember what a teacher can do.
7 December 2005 | by scuba-14See all my reviews

Once in while we need to remember just what a teacher can do to make a difference. This is a movie that does just that. A story that helps us appreciate what a teacher can do to change a child's life. Sometimes what a kid needs is a teacher who understands that tests don't always represent intelligence. Sometimes we need a teacher who sees things a little different. We have seen this type of story hundreds of times in many different forms, but this wonderful little American underdog story has very good actors who make it very enjoyable. This movie joins all the great "feel good" movies that show us the many different ways people have escaped their beginnings. A simple story about success in a most unlikely setting. A very enjoyable "feel good" movie.


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