Review: Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story, 2016, dir. Martin Spirit

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Maybe the fact that this here image of Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story‘s poster is the best I could find tells you all you need to know about the film’s level of perceived respectability. This is a small doc with a narrow angle, and which very clearly loves its subject – enough, at least, to soften the harsher blows dealt him in its final thirty minutes or so. But Spencer Haywood is legend, and he’s on the other side of his mistakes and transgressions, which crippled his career and his marriage until he finally got treatment in rehab. It isn’t an incisive, blistering portrayal of Haywood’s human errors, but he’s so fascinating in his quietude that you can’t help but watch him, as I indicate in my review for The Playlist.


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