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For basketball and sports enthusiasts everywhere comes the true story of basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich. The Pistol tells the story of a true underdog, scrawny five-foot-two high school freshman, Pete (Adam Guier) who has one dream- play professional basketball and win a championship ring. It is a dream he inherited from his father, Press Maravich (Nick Benedict), a coach for a college and professional basketball teams. Despite his father’s firm belief and encouragement in Pete’s abilities and his dream, the odds are stacked against him. For one thing, Pete is not exactly perfect basketball material. He’s short, skinny, and slow. For another thing, the rest of the high school’s team members are not exactly his best cheerleaders. But when a critical team member gets injured, can Pete show the world his special talents and convince everyone of his possibilities?
Sports enthusiasts and non-sports viewers alike will enjoy this inspiring true story about overcoming all odds in the face of great opposition. A modern day David and Goliath story, it will encourage young and old alike to believe in themselves and believe in their dreams. Co-Starring academy award nominee Millie Perkins, Darrel Campbell, and Rodney Stone, this classic story of Pistol Pete’s childhood is sure to become a family favorite.
Besides being a wonderful story of basketball great “Pistol” Pete’s early beginnings,
The Pistol promotes wonderful life qualities viewers of all ages can learn from. The first lesson Pete’s father is constantly reminding him of, is patience. We all know, or can at least imagine, what it is like to be the “bench kid.” The kid that never gets to play any time, ever. Often that kid has big dreams of scoring the winning shot in the playoffs, or carrying his team to victory single handed, but he never gets a chance to score the winning shot. He never gets a chance to score any shot at all because he’s always glued to the bench. This was Pete. Granted, he did not look like much of a basketball player, but it took a lot of patience to wait for someone to give him the chance to prove himself. Even when he did get a chance to try his skills on the court, people were quick to judge his freewheeling style of basketball. Dribbling through your legs, and passing behind your back were not exactly excepted styles of play back in 1959. Pete, however, patiently waited and endured as the world lashed back in shock.
It takes a lot of persistence to keep dribbling forward when the rest of the world is trying to pull your legs out from under you, and yet, that is exactly what Pete did. Webster’s dictionary defines persistence as being obstinate in a certain task. And this is the type of perseverance Pete’s father encouraged him to walk in. Let’s just say that Pete’s path to victory wasn’t exactly filled with adoring fans. He faced an incredible amount of opposition during his freshmen year on the basketball team. Yet, he did not let bullying, pressure, threats, or ignorance stop him from achieving his dream. It is a kind of perseverance that is to be admired, and viewers of all ages can learn from Pete’s example in The Pistol, learning that if we let nothing drag us to despair, we will eventually achieve the prize.
The final quality Pete’s father instilled in his son that served him well for his entire career is dedication. Without dedication Pete would most likely have stayed a scrawny, slow, unskilled basketball player. Because he was willing to dedicate time, energy, and sweat to what he considered to be important, he achieved his dream. We all have dreams, but without dedication, they usually do not come to fruition. We can learn from Pete’s example that dedication is key to achieving any dream.
The final lesson this film presents to its viewers, is a bit more hidden from the casual observer, but I believe it is the most profound of all of them. It is the simple fact, that father’s have profound influence over their children’s lives. It was Pete’s father that imparted his love of basketball. It was his father who taught him many of the skills that made him great. It was his father who supported and encouraged him when the rest of the world seemed to be in opposition. It was his father who told and constantly reminded him that patience, persistence, and dedication are keys to victory in basketball, and in life. It was his father that believed in his ability and his dream. The Pistol is a challenge to fathers to consider their own relationships with their children and believe in who God has created them to be.
A beautiful family friendly film of achieving victory in the face of great odds, The Pistol will inspire and encourage viewers with Pete’s example and story. Not only that, they will be reminded of the importance of patience, persistence, and dedication in achieving their own dreams.
This special edition release of The Pistol has a run time of 104 minutes, and was rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America. As always, we encourage parents to preview films for their children, but this film is considered suitable for most audiences.
This Special Edition DVD also includes the following highlights:
The Pistol, Classic 1990 biography of basketball great Pete "The Pistol" Maravich, remastered in this new special edition.