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Full-Court Miracle

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Approx. run time 90 minutes
Written by Jack Jason
Rick Bitzelberger
Daniel Berendsen
Directed by Stuart Gillard
Produced by Jacqueline George
Starring Alex D. Linz
Richard T. Jones
Music by Christopher Brady
Language English
Original channel Disney Channel
Release date November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)

Full-Court Miracle is a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie. It premiered on November 23, 2003.



Inspired by the true story of University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr. The main character Alex Schlotsky is inspired by the true story of Daniel Katzin. [1]

Alex Schlotsky is a freshman at Philadelphia Hebrew Academy, where he and his friends are on the school's struggling basketball team, the Lions. Without a coach and with a dream of winning the Liberty Tournament and defeating their school's rivals, the Warriors, Alex and his friends are determined to find their own Judah Macabee to coach their team. During one day of practice at a local park, Alex finds what he believes is their coach--Lamont Carr, an African-American college basketball star whose knee injury forced him to quit. After interrupting his game, Alex and Lamont don't get off to a good start. The next day, however, Alex offers to pay Lamont to coach their team--and Lamont reluctantly agrees.

During the boys' first days of practice under Lamont's coaching, they become exhausted and frustrated with his coaching style, but an intervention by Alex inspires Lamont to help the team love the game of basketball. During the days leading up to the tournament, there are many hurdles Alex and Lamont must overcome--throughout the movie, Lamont is homeless after leaving his wife and son in hopes of being signed by the Philadelphia 76ers; Alex must balance his mother's desire for him to become a doctor as opposed to a basketball star. However, the Lions have been successful, winning every game in the tournament. With the final game against the Warriors looming ahead, Lamont drops a bomb on the team--the shot with the Sixers finally arrived, and he is going to take it. The Lions must win the tournament without their coach.

The final game in the Liberty Tournament takes place on a stormy night, which eventually knocks out the power in the school's gymnasium. Resorting to the use of an emergency generator for the remainder of the game, the Lions and the Warriors play the duration of the game on the agreement that whenever the fuel in the generator runs out, the game will end and the team with the most points will win. The Warriors devise a plan to make sure it's them--when they are ahead in the game and it becomes clear that the fuel in the generator is moments away from running out, the Warriors call a time out that lasts for the remaining time. The Lions are outraged and discouraged, until Lamont appears in the gym and encourages them to not lose faith. The power then once again goes out in the gym, and the Warriors celebrate what they believe is their victory--until the power comes back on soon after with the generator restarting even though its out of gas. The final moments of the game consists of the Lions catching up to the Warriors, and with the final seconds on the clock ticking down, Alex passes the ball (as opposed to his usual selfish ways), allowing them to score the winning basket.

The entire school celebrates, and Lamont's wife and son enter the gym and plan to stay with Lamont, who reveals to the Lions that he will become their full-time coach. Alex's mother is finally convinced by him to let him play basketball and in fact only showed up at the end of the game so she could go get Lamont's family for him while he went to help the team. The final scene in the movie consists of Alex's and Lamont's families along with Alex's best friend Julie playing a game of basketball (which his mother proves to be surprisingly good at), while Rabbi Lewis' story of Hanukkah and its relation to the basketball game plays over the scene.



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