The Other Dream Team

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The Other Dream Team

In the 1988 Olympics, the Soviet basketball team—its starting lineup consisting of four Lithuanians—bested the U.S. squad for gold. Four years later, an independent Lithuanian contingent may not have been able to hold off Michael, Magic and the American dream team, but they scored a huge victory over their former occupiers in the bronze-medal game. Bringing these ’92 Olympic games vividly to life while expounding on the history of Lithuanian basketball and the annals of Russian-Lithuanian relations, Marius Markevicius’s doc draws on archival footage and firsthand accounts from both players and outside observers to reveal the complex interaction of politics and athletics that colored the Euro-on-Euro competition.

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A bit hammy in places, but worth five stars for bringing this story to the masses (and with some class, too). People need to know more about the recent hystory, esp in US..