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ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' much more than just a fine sports film

ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' much more than just a fine sports film

Like the city in its title, “Baltimore Boys” is a film steeped in grit. But the documentary that revisits the undefeated Dunbar High School basketball teams of 1981-1983 is also charged with moments of grace, beauty, poetry and even transcendence.

Its power lies in what it says about Baltimore and the tenacity of four young men and a coach from those teams who refused to let their circumstances define their lives.

The best documentaries are almost always the result of wise decisions made by filmmakers before a frame is ever shot. Directors Marquis Daisy and Sheldon Candis clearly understood that the stories of struggle and accomplishment by the former Dunbar athletes and their...

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