Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter star in Sarah Gavron's drama about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement
The pressure for success in the college basketball game force good egg coach Pete Bell (Nolte) to turn a blind eye while others illegally bribe the promising stars of the future to sign for his team. Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump), has a lot of passion, and a little in common with definitive basketball documentary Hoop Dreams, made at the same time.
These comparisons do it few favours, however, and probably explain why it was passed over for cinema exhibition in Britain.
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