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Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is (1999)

The famous sportscaster is recalled by his colleagues.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Cosell Jill Cosell ... Herself (Cosell's Daughter)
Hillary Cosell Hillary Cosell ... Herself (Cosell's Daughter)
Frank Deford ... Himself
Rachel Robinson ... Herself
Mickey Herskowitz Mickey Herskowitz ... Himself (Cosell Biographer)
Ray Robinson ... Himself (Author)
Zander Hollander Zander Hollander ... Himself (Writer)
Curt Block Curt Block ... Himself (Panelist "All League Clubhouse")
Steve Scheffer Steve Scheffer ... Himself (Panelist "All League Clubhouse")
Edgar J. Scherick Edgar J. Scherick ... Himself (Sports Programs Inc. 1958-1965) (as Edgar Sherick)
Ed Silverman Ed Silverman ... Himself (Cosell's Radio Co-Host 1957 / Correspondent ABC News 1960-1965)
Walter Schwartz Walter Schwartz ... Himself (Executive ABC Network)
Maury Allen Maury Allen ... Himself (Journalist)
Robert Lipsyte Robert Lipsyte ... Himself (New York Times)
Roone Arledge Roone Arledge ... Himself (Exec. Producer ABC Sports 1961-1986 / President ABC News 1977-1997)


The famous sportscaster is recalled by his colleagues.

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1 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Nice supplement to the fictional Cosells of Voight and Turturro
28 August 2002 | by PayOrPlaySee all my reviews

This is a nicely done HBO documentary, maybe a little heavy on talking heads and a little light on certain subjects (Cosell's troubled relationship with his Monday Night Football colleagues, the debacle of his variety show), but really good on his relationship with Muhammad Ali, and a strong reminder of his courageous insistence on making sports journalism honest and consequential matter, as well as his inimitable (albeit endlessly imitated) obnoxiousness. For all his faults (which were legion and well-documented), Cosell was a hero in the close-minded, complacently racist and risk-averse sports world of his day--but he was very self-conscious of his heroism and completely immodest about it, and this understandably put a lot of people off. It's very useful as a supplement to the dueling Howards portrayed by Jon Voight (Ali) and John Turturro (Monday Night Mayhem). Both of those actors were excellent in the role; but the documentary reminds you how unusual and intense the real Howard was.

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