Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre directs the made-for-TV sports drama Edge of America, based on a true story and shot entirely in Salt Lake City, UT. James McDaniel plays Mr. Kenny Williams, a black man from Texas who moves out to Utah to accept a position as an English teacher at the Three Nations Reservation. He has a difficult time fitting in with the tight-knit Native American community, especially when he's asked to coach the high school girls' basketball team. He has to struggle with getting the hapless team back in shape to play against the nearby all-white high school. Also starring Irene Bedard, Tim Daly, and Wes Studi. Edge of America premiered in the U.S. at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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This was a delightful movie. That's not to say it was a piece of fluff. It points out all too clearly the bleaker aspects of life on the reservation, and the challenges that families face in raising their children in that environment. However, there are plenty of humorous moments and the story of this coach and his team captures that great "underdog" story that we Americans love so much. Sort of the Rocky Balboa story of American Indian girl's basketball. I loved it.
I fully enjoyed this movie in that it had a great storyline and good life lessons. However, the language was unexpectedly rough. There was the "f" word a number of times along with a smattering of other high-end curse words. The language did not bother my 14-year-old child, but my mother was vexed over the foul language. Due to the foul language, I wouldn't recommend it for younger children in spite of the otherwise positive aspects of this movie.
Another great Chris Eyre film. Another true to life account of reservation life. And here we have a clash between two cultures. It is a heart warming story about how they come to learn and accept each other. In the End everyone wins. You can't ask for more form a film! Don't miss it!