Metro Pulse

DIRECTED BY: Eriq La Salle

REVIEWED: 03-15-99

The HBO docu-drama, Rebound(NR, 1996), is the true story of Earl "The Goat" Manigault, the New York City playground basketball legend who was a heroin addict and never made it to the NBA. With his phenomenal athletic ability, the 6-foot-1 Manigault could snatch quarters off the top of backboards, and "double dunk" a ball in mid-air. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said he was the best he'd ever seen.

With its TV-movie-of-the-week style, Rebound is painful to watch, and never takes you anywhere every other true-life drug-tragedy film hasn't. Still, any fan interested in the mythology of the game will find it irresistible.

--Joe Tarr

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