The Basket


1h 41m 1999

Brief Synopsis

In the midst of World War I, the people in a small Pacific Northwest town are tired, confused and careful. When a strange teacher with unconventional methods arrives in town to teach them a strange new game called basketball, they react with suspicion followed by enthusiasm. Along with the daily ope

Film Details

Also Known As
Basket
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
NBN ENT; NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

In the midst of World War I, the people in a small Pacific Northwest town are tired, confused and careful. When a strange teacher with unconventional methods arrives in town to teach them a strange new game called basketball, they react with suspicion followed by enthusiasm. Along with the daily opera lesson he gives, he offers basketball as a metaphor for life, with its focus on the necessity of teamwork. The schoolyard transforms from playground to social battleground when two young German immigrants arrive in town. Helmut and Brigitta face discrimination in country at war with their native land. Despite their innocence, and personal loss due to the war, they are targets of ridicule. Caught at center of the community's unease with the new immigrants, is the sympathetic farmer's wife, Bessie Emery. As tension in the community escalates, Conlon enters his students in a professional basketball game. As the game unfolds, triumph over hate, charts a course for the future.

Film Details

Also Known As
Basket
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
NBN ENT; NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States May 5, 2000

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States May 1999

Released in United States on Video December 11, 2001

Released in United States Spring May 5, 2000

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 12-23, 1999.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Films 4 Families) May 13 - June 6, 1999.

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Films 4 Families) May 13 - June 6, 1999.)

Released in United States May 1999 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 12-23, 1999.)

Limited Release in United States May 5, 2000

Released in United States Spring May 5, 2000

Released in United States on Video December 11, 2001