Knights of the South Bronx

  • Allen Hughes (2005)
  • US
  • 89 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Learning chess gives new meaning to the lives of disadvantaged inner-city kids in this simplistic but uplifting melodrama from Allen Hughes, who's better known as a co-director with brother Albert on movies such as Menace II Society and From Hell. Based on real events, it stars a genial Ted Danson as a businessman-turned-substitute teacher who uses the game as a way of connecting with his pupils in a tough Bronx school. Although the well-trodden "tutor as inspiration" plotline ultimately holds no surprises, Hughes wisely adds some of his trademark urban grit to temper the inevitable schmaltz. Natural performances from the likeable youngsters complement this splash of authenticity, with the standouts being Malcolm David Kelley (Walt in Lost) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee).

Plot Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Ted Danson. Unemployed businessman Richard Mason takes a teaching job in a tough inner-city school. At first his classes are met with resistance by his disadvantaged pupils, but their bad attitude is transformed when he teaches them to play chess.

Cast and crew

Cast

Richard Mason
Ted Danson
Jimmy
Malcolm David Kelley
Kenya Russell
Keke Palmer
Cokey
Clifton Powell
Darren
Devon Bostick

Crew

Director
Allen Hughes

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Categories
Drama