Terrence Howard
Director: Sunu Gonera Cast: Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard
, Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac
, Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
Sunu Gonera

DVD (Color / Wide Screen)

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A college-educated African-American schoolteacher frustrated by his inability to find a job repairs an abandoned recreational pool hall in hopes of starting Philadelphia's first African-American swim team in this inspirational drama that takes its cue from the true-life story of charismatic 1970s-era schoolteacher Jim Ellis. The year is 1973 and the job market is tight. Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) may have a college diploma, but despite his education he still can't seem to find a job. An aspiring teacher with a lifelong love of competitive swimming, Ellis determines to take his future into his own hands when he discovers a deserted recreational pool hall in the slums of the city. Though he and kindly local janitor Elston (Bernie Mac) do their best to get the crumbling pool hall in working order, the pair find their benevolent efforts thwarted when the building is targeted for demolition. Little do the forces that be know that Jim isn't a man to quietly lie down and admit defeat; despite the racism, violence, and threats made by an unsympathetic city official that all threaten to destroy his vivid new dream, the man who was once without purpose boldly resolves to recruit troubled street teens and transform them into capable swimmers in time for the upcoming state championships.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
UPC: 0031398215400
Original Release: 2007
Rating: PG
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 3,948

Special Features

Director commentary; Deleted and extended scenes; Music montages; 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 dolby digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Terrence Howard Jim Ellis
Bernie Mac Elston
Kimberly Elise Sue Davis
Tom Arnold Bink
Brandon Fobbs Puddin' Head
Alphonso McAuley Walt
Regine Nehy Willie
Nate Parker Hakim
Kevin L. Phillips Andre
Scott Reeves Jake
Evan Ross Reggie
Gary Sturgis Franklin

Technical Credits
Sunu Gonera Director
Kimberly C. Anderson Executive Producer
Anya Colloff Casting
Max D. Day Asst. Director
Jay Faires Musical Direction/Supervision
Brett Forbes Producer
Billy Fox Editor
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Victoria Frederick Executive Producer
J. Mills Goodloe Screenwriter
Mike Gozzard Original Story,Screenwriter
Paul Hall Producer
Terrence Howard Executive Producer
Eberhard Kayser Executive Producer
Monroe Kelly Art Director
Paul Ledford Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Sam Nazarian Executive Producer
Michael Ohoven Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Malcolm Petal Executive Producer
Patrick Rizzotti Producer
Adam Rosenfelt Producer
John Sacchi Executive Producer
Steve Saklad Production Designer
Marc Schaberg Co-producer
Paul A. Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Michael Smith Original Story,Screenwriter
Norman Vance Screenwriter
Randy Winograd Co-producer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pride
1. Team Meet [5:05]
2. Communicating Properly [4:56]
3. The Rec Center [2:57]
4. Packing Up Problems [4:13]
5. Lowest Denominator [3:50]
6. Getting His Feet Wet [2:58]
7. Opening Doors [3:20]
8. Swim Off [4:28]
9. Learning the Ropes [3:28]
10. Official Business [4:12]
11. Family Representation [2:55]
12. Future's Looking Bright [4:06]
13. Meeting Complications [4:31]
14. Earning Respect [5:17]
15. Proving Something [3:30]
16. Building Strength [5:20]
17. Piece of Cake [4:07]
18. Finding Support [1:23]
19. Home Turf [2:04]
20. Fighting Chance [5:23]
21. Making a Difference [4:35]
22. PDR Dreams [3:35]
23. Something to Prove [3:05]
24. Champion Hearts [4:55]

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