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.
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by Tony Medley
Runtime 102 minutes.
Marginal for children.
This is a chick flick, European-style. It has
all the components needed to qualify for the genre, an overly
sympathetic female protagonist, 41-year old Matty (Barbara Sarafian),
two men, philandering husband Werner (Johan Heldenbergh) and a much
younger suitor, 29-year-old truck driver with an anger management
problem, Johnny (Jurgen Delneat), both of whom have more flaws than you
can shake a stick at, and wonderfully sympathetic women surrounding the
protagonist. Poor Matty is presented with a classic Hobson’s Choice.
Apparently the choice of rejecting both of the jerky men available to
her is not an option to be considered. Matty’s confidants are her
17-year old daughter, Vera (Anemone Valcke), who is in love with another
woman (certainly not a man, the cads!), and her fellow postal clerk,
both of whom are empathetic, understanding, and full of wise advice.
Even though this is
pretty much a man-hating film, Sarafian gives a wonderful performance as
the woman wronged by her husband and pursued by Johnny. Her performance
is the best part of the movie, although all the actors give good
performances, although Delneat’s experience heretofore has been
basically limited to the stage, and acting in the movies is pretty much
a new experience for him. Director Christophe Van Rompaey has a good eye for the problems with
which a woman can be faced when she has three children and her husband
runs off with another woman.
Despite the fact that Sarafian carries the
movie (she is in almost every scene), Valcke, as her daughter, could be
the person who gives the breakout performance here. She’s beautiful and
The setting for the movie is in a kind of
Belgium town, which
mirrors the tone of the movie. There is not much humor here. The film
starts with a long close-up of Matty’s haggard face with her hair in a
mess and it proceeds downhill from there in terms of joy and happiness.
Chick flick though it may be, it is far better
than the chick flicks put out by American studios. Unlike the American
genre, this is one that a man can sit through and in which he can become
involved, even if he doesn’t see any admirable male in the film. (In