Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia to examine the 1993 bowling alley brawl that landed Allen Iverson, the nation’s top high-school basketball player, in jail and divided the community along racial lines.
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No Crossover: The Trial of Allen IversonDirected bySteve James
solid doc from James, it's no Hoop Dreams but still a good look at Iverson during his early years. I knew about Iverson's rep but was totally unaware of the Hampton brawl that sent him to jail. It's actually more focused on racial tensions in Virginia and a flawed legal system than it is about basketball.
White nerd inspired to thoughtfulness by triumphs & travails of divinely gifted black man. What's interesting this time is how A.I. disappears for long stretches, & S.J. lets non-famous citizens of Hampton take the point. If they speak to one another w/ the same ease w/ which they speak to the camera, there's hope for this town. Most endearing, saddest moment is still A.I.'s: his smile upon receiving his HS diploma.