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Gunnin' For That #1 Spot [2007] [DVD]

Michael Beasley , Kevin Love , Adam Yauch    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product details

  • Actors: Michael Beasley, Kevin Love
  • Directors: Adam Yauch
  • Format: PAL, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Diffusion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001DW1W5G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

On the corner of 155th and Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem lies Rucker Park. By appearances, the concrete pavement, anchored on one side by its run down slab bleachers, is no different than any other basketball court in the city, but this is the place where nicknames are indelibly branded, and legends are born. On September 1st, 2006, the top 24 high school basketball players in the USA stepped out on this court, that once saw the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dr. J to compete in the first annual 'Elite 24' all-star game. GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT follows eight of these players as they prepare to showcase their skills at the most legendary playground in the world. Directed by Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys and Director of 'Awesome; I F***ing Shot That!'), the documentary trails these players on the fast track to the NBA, as they are being groomed to be in the spotlight of a multi-million dollar game. Combining Yauch's unique directing style with raw hip hop music, GUNNIN' FOR THAT #1 SPOT highlights these soon to be NBA All Stars. This double disc set features interviews, behind the scenes and much more.


Stupefyingly enjoyable, with easily the year's best soundtrack. Yauch's ear for music and rhythm is slammin'. Gunnin' will surely prove as inspiring as 'Hoop Dreams' - 5 stars --Time Out New York

From the lush opening montage over The Game's 'Hate It or Love It' until the credits roll on Jay-Z's 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' from Afrika Bambaataa, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Nas, Fat Joe to M.I.A. (and five Beastie tracks), its beats juice the crowd as the NBA stars of the future thunder down the asphalt. --Slam Magazine

Gunnin' For That #1 Spot is an on-the-fly record of a memorable moment in basketball history. --New York Times

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4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was good 16 Feb 2013
By Mitsy32
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I like this video of real life young people trying hard in life to be good at something. I enjoy the differing clips of individuals, however the actual match towards the end is a little short, and i felt that the ending was incomplete. However I this is a part dvd which I have not watched this yet, so watch this space!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 16 Mar 2009
By Damian Webster - Published on
This movie was pretty cool. I liked how it showcased the backgrounds of several players, showing how hard they work to be as good as they are. My 8th graders can learn a thing or two on how to become a great player by watching some of the things these guys go through. The music was awesome. My wife was inspired as we have two daughters (2 and 5) who she would like to see play basketball. She was wondering if there's anything comparable for girls basketball?

The game itself was just okay. The guy kept saying "and they're playing defense" but the D was a joke, seriously save for a few swats and a couple steals. Blue was giving up the longball all day, no rotations to help, too much one on one. Still, you got guys who can't risk injury, guys trying to build a rep at the Rucker, so that's what you get. Could've done without so much slow motion in the game, and the triple replays. Some of it was done on to some mediocre plays, and some just lasted waaaay too long.

Overall it was a good watch. I'll be showing it to all my ball players and the kids I work with who play ball.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop Real-Life Hoop Dreams of Prep Stars ... 20 Nov 2008
By Kevin Quinley - Published on
If you are a basketball player or fan, chances are you will enjoy "Gunnin' for that #1 Spot." This chronicles an elite group of 24 high school ballers who are invited to play an exhibition game in Harlem's famed Rucker Park.

All these kids are "beasts" in their respective orbits around the country, but here they get to test their mettle against other elite players. You learn the back-story on eight specific players, some of whom - like Kevin Love and Michael Beasley - have already jumped to the NBA after a one-year college "career." You also get some perspective on Rucker Park and its iconic status in American basketball.

The movie is not all hype job, though. It touches upon some darker issues in the scholastic hoop frenzy, such as:

* Elite players are scrutinized closely and often can't live just a normal life
* Some prep rating services are glorified cut and paste jobs, more concerned with generating subscription revenue than anything else
* Sneaker companies drilling down as far as promising 5th, 6th and 7th graders to "brand" their shoes and build brand loyalty
* College coaches who text players they have never met three times a day to say, "I love you and can't wait for you to come play here ..."
* The lack of loyalty among some players; to wit, in high school, Michael Beasley attended four different schools in four years.
* Concerns about whether perfecting highlight dunks on Sports Center may eclipse emphasis on other aspects of the game . (I'm not saying team defense is dead, but the final score of the exhibition game is something like 131-128 - judge for yourself.)

If you like hip-hop music and rap, you will also enjoy this movie!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hoopin' it up 12 Nov 2008
By Daniel B. Clendenin - Published on
This isn't an important film by any stretch of the imagination, but sports nuts and especially basketball fans will find it a fun watch. In September 2006 the top 24 high school basketball players in the country gathered in Harlem to inaugurate the first annual "Elite 24" all-star competition. The game is held at the legendary outdoor playground court in Harlem's Holcombe Rucker Park, where for sixty years many of basketball's greats lit up the score board in front of a raucous urban crowd, hecklers, urban rap music, and trash-talking announcers. This is a venue where you would never presume to give yourself a nickname; your opponents do that after you prove your mettle. The documentary focuses on eight high schoolers in particular, interviewing their families, coaches, and scouts. An interesting sub-text is how the attendant media, shoe companies, professional rankers, recruiters, and sponsors all point toward one thing -- money that results from basketball stardom. By the way, the final score was 141-139, but you'll have to watch the film to see which team won.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamin' Doc with Slamin' Music 15 Oct 2008
By Berlinale - Published on
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Wow - Saw this at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Great characters, the b-ball scenes were so well blended with music from Jay-Z and NAS and others. A great Doc as well as a great sports flic.
5.0 out of 5 stars not your typical high school basketball players 9 Jun 2010
By R Zern - Published on
Gunnin' for that #1 spot was a neat glimpse into the world of the top high school basketball players. The lives of the high school players was way more intense than I would have imagined. On the outside, they all seemed like your typical high school boys, but their passion and skills for the sport really set them apart from other high school students. The mere fact that they had college coaches and sponsors trying to recruit them all the time showed that these guys were on a completely different level than your average high school basketball player. The determination of the college coaches to have their chosen player recruited to join their school and play for them was really astounding. I didn't realize that so much effort went into recruiting high school players. The kids seemed way older than 17-18 years old because they had to deal with so much, and some of them had to make some really mature decisions regarding their futures.

The visual effects made the movie fresh and not monotonous. It was able to hold my attention and kept me wanting more. I feel like the visuals mixed with the music really added a lot to the documentary and made it even more entertaining. I absolutely loved the music all throughout the film.
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