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Himself (Owner, Cleveland Browns 1961-95)
Walter Beach ...
Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1963-65) (as Dr. Walter Beach III)
Ed Walsh ...
Himself (Football Coach, Manhasset H.S. 1950-53)
Sam Oakley ...
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Ed Corley ...
Himself (Teammate, Manhasset H.S.) (as Reverend Ed Corley)
David Skinner ...
Himself (Teammate, Manhasset H.S.)
Karen Brown Ward ...
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Roy Simmons Jr. ...
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Himself (Teammate, Syracuse Lacrosse 1956-57)
Ralph Wiley ...
Himself (Sport Journalist)
John Wooten ...
Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1961-65 / Former Director, Negro Industrial & Economic Union / Black Economic Union)
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Himself (Filmmaker)
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Himself (Sport Journalist, ESPN)
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Himself (San Francisco 49ers, 1961-66, Los Angeles Rams, 1967-68)
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Himself (Teammate, Cleveland Browns 1958-59)
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usual Spike Lee, good start but a mess of a finish
26 March 2002 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Spike Lee needs to ease back and take his time. He is not Woody Allen and cannot make a decent film every year.

The same problems that plague Jungle Fever, Get on the Bus and Bamboozled torpedo Jim Brown: All American.

What starts out as a completely engaging portrait of one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring athletes to ever walk on a field quickly loses steam halfway through when Spike looks into Brown's domestic abuse problems and family relations. Looking to investigate them only to vindicate Brown, Spike shows he's only interested in showing how fantastic Brown is and deflecting any criticism.

In one segment, Brown explains an incident in which he reportedly threw a woman over a balcony, which he denies. The woman involved, found 30 years later, explains what happened, saying she was trying to get away from Brown, who was beating her. Instead of asking Brown, oh I don't know, what's up with that, Spike just lets Brown get away with being portrayed as another black man hassled by the White establishment.

While Brown faced tremendous challenges because of white America's intransigence and racism, he wasn't perfect but Spike doesn't seem interested in allowing for a balanced take.

If it wasn't for the loads of great anecdotes about Brown, provided by teammates, coaches, friends and Brown himself, and the insane footage of Brown mauling defenses as a running back, the documentary would find itself in deep trouble, weighed down by too much extraneous footage and too many long-winded explanations by Brown of his lack of parenting.

A 6/10.


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