Knights of the South Bronx

Knights of the South Bronx

Allen Hughes (2005)

PG Certificate


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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).


A jobless man is given a new lease of life when he joins the staff of an inner-city school as a substitute teacher, but his cynical students fail to respond to his efforts to inspire them - until he introduces them to the finer points of chess. Fact-based drama, starring Ted Danson, Malcolm David Kelley, Keke Palmer and Clifton Powell.

Cast & Crew

Richard Mason Ted Danson
Jimmy Malcolm David Kelley
Kenya Russell Keke Palmer
Cokey Clifton Powell
Darren Devon Bostick
Director Allen Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.