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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Harry Brown (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time: 102 minutes.
Not for children.
“Revenge is mine, sayeth
the Lord.” That might be OK for the Bible, but it won’t work in
Hollywood, because some of the best movies have been based on ordinary
people getting revenge against evil-doers outside of the law, like
Michael Winner and Charles Bronson’s Death Wish (1974), which was
so popular it inspired many sequels. Even non violent films like “The
Sting” (1973), find profit in revenge.
Leaving getting the bad
guys up to the police and our system of justice some times seems
outdated and useless when murderers just get a slap on the wrist, serve
a few years, and then get out to live a wonderful life.
As an example, I remember
an outing of a group I’m in. It’s a bunch of lawyers, all of whom
clerked or bailiffed for United States District Court Judge Albert Lee
Stephens, Jr. plus some of his good friends. We meet every year around
Mammoth Lakes, California for a “fishing trip.” We cook our own food and
have a great time. One year one of the Judge’s good friends, former
California Gov. Pat Brown, attended. Governor Brown was a hail fellow
well met, and one night at dinner he told a story about his opposition
to the death penalty. There were maybe 10 of us sitting around the
dinner table as he told of a bad guy who had shot and killed a policeman
who was in his 20s, leaving grieving parents, a young wife, and two
young children. Sentenced to death, Gov. Brown commuted his sentence to
life in prison. Then Gov. Brown’s son appointed Rose Bird to the
California Supreme Court and when the Bird Court declared the death
penalty unconstitutional in California it also allowed those serving
life terms to get out on parole. This cold-blooded killer got paroled,
became a businessman and a multi-millionaire. He then visited Gov. Brown
to thank him for commuting his sentence and to tell him what a great
life he had. Gov. Brown beamed as he presented this as a terrific
validation of his opposition to the death penalty.
Most of us around the
table, however, were revolted by the story, and thought it epitomized
why the death penalty is essential to a civilized society. We wondered
if the wife and children of the killer’s victim, who had been left
without a husband and father, or the victim’s parents, who were left
without a son, were as thrilled as the unfeeling Gov. Brown to think
that their husband’s, father’s, and son’s killer was roaming around
living the high life while they still grieved for the man who was taken
from them by his callous act. People who kill in cold blood deserve the
death penalty, not to be given the opportunity to live a wonderful life.
And that’s where Harry Brown comes in.
Living in a depressing,
lower-middle class area of London, Harry Brown (Michael Caine) is an old
man, former soldier, whose best friend, Leonard (David Bradley) is
killed by some young toughs. Harry sets out to get revenge all by
himself, not cooperating with the police, headed by D. I. Frampton
(Emily Mortimer, in a role that fails to challenge).
Caine is at the top of his
form in director Daniel Barber’s feature debut as he goes out on his own
in a cruel world. There are some distasteful scenes, but this is a
high-tension film, with some violence, that doesn’t let up as it
progresses to a surprising ending.