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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The Merry Gentleman (3/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 93 minutes.
Not for children.
What happened to Michael Keaton? He is an
actor with terrific comedic timing, good looking, good heritage,
actually much more talented than his namesake, Diane (whose name Michael
John Douglas appropriated after reading an article about her). So what
happened? He is rarely seen, and when he is, he chooses material like
this that squanders his talent.
Here he directs a disappointing script by Ron
Lazzeretti in a movie that has one of the slowest first hours Iíve ever
had the misfortune to sit through and an ending that isnít.
Frank Logan (Keaton) is a cold-blooded hit
man. Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald) is an unfortunate Irish lass who
married an abusive husband, runs away, and then is pursued by an
interested cop, Dave Murcheson (Tom Bastounes) and Frank, not to mention
her psycho husband. What a life!
The first hour is unbelievably slow. I walked
into the movie predisposed to like it and feeling great. After about 30
minutes, I was fighting torpor. This thing is a great antidote for
insomnia. Then, for about 15 minutes, the interest picks up. But when it
ends, it doesnít, which leads one to the conclusion that sitting through
this is a complete and total waste of time.
Wasted are very good performances by Macdonald
and Bastounes. Keaton displays constant, cold emotionless. We learn
nothing about Frank. We donít know why heís killing people or how he
came to be an assassin or what he thinks about it. We donít know how he
got to where he is. We donít know why he finds himself attracted to
Kate. We know and learn nothing about him.
We also donít know why Kate is such a victim,
or why she chooses such losers. In short, this is a shallow film that
presents characters with no rhyme, reason, or explanation for who they
are. In the end the only thing one learns from the movie is that it has
wasted 93 perfectly good minutes.