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Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)

A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Earl "The Goat" Manigault
James Earl Jones ... Dr. McDuffie
Michael Beach ... Legrand
Ronny Cox ... Coach Scarpelli
Loretta Devine ... Miss Mary
Glynn Turman ... Coach Powell
Monica Calhoun ... Evonne
Colin Cheadle Colin Cheadle ... Young Earl
Michael Ralph ... Dion
Daryl Mitchell ... Dean Memminger
Nicole Ari Parker ... Wanda (as Nicole Parker)
Tamara Tunie ... Miss Marcus
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Self
Chick Hearn Chick Hearn ... Self
Cress Williams ... Kimbrough
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A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the rest of his life to the young kids of Harlem. 1996 was the 25th anniversary of the first tournament named after him. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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From the mean streets of Harlem come the greatest basketball player the world has never known.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, strong language, some sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The character who plays Wilt Chamberlain is NBA player Kevin Garnett. See more »


Earl "The Goat" Manigault: You want the ball? Go get it! You country-ass nigga, man. You ain't know shit about basketball! Man, just fuck you, man! Fuck this whole fucking place, man!
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Remember very fondly.
10 March 2008 | by TheEmulator23See all my reviews

This movie I saw once but often think about the legend of "The Goat." I don't remember specific scenes particularly but I oft' think about this film. I'm not sure even when or even if I meant to see this. However thinking any film that has "The Goat" in the title had to be good. The absolute brilliant portrayal by Don Cheadle (who was relatively unknown then) and the general true story about this should have been great player is something I often think about. Just how we often think about how much better people were when they are gone is how I think about this film. I'm almost afraid to watch it now as I have seen twice as many movies now then I did then and I have such a reverence for it that there is no way it is as good as I remember. Just as I thought "The Karate Kid" was so great when it came out and having gotten my brown belt in Koden Kan and watching it as an adult and laughing at how absolutely bad the karate is. I don't know if I should watch it having studied film. Granted I'm no Roger Ebert (the only real movie reviewer that counts, Roeper do you know what makes a good film!!! Earl Dittman *cough* a guy that thinks anything on film is the best thing he's ever seen, Shame on you studios for thinking we will see things like "Daddy Day Camp!" Cuba Gooding Jr. you won an Oscar! What happened?) Sorry back to the movie If you want to see a movie no one has ever heard of and is a sad story but wished they could have seen this guy dunk on 12 foot rim (I think that is how high the top of the backboard is) how cool would that have been to see? Anyway kids don't do drugs, and maybe someday we could see some one like this someday. I particularly remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when asked after all the players he played against and with saying that "The Goat" was the toughest player he had ever played against. I just remember waiting all basketball season long to see Larry Bird and the Celtics play Magic Johnson & Kareem & the Lakers. Well just see this flick. If it is as good as remember just give this flick a try.

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Release Date:

23 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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