'Knights of the South Bronx'An inspirational life changing movie

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In the early hours of this morning I came across a truely magnificent inspirational TV movie of 2005 vintage the value and impact of which was almost as phenomenal as being being struck by lightning....a very rare occurrence, finding such a powerful life lesson on a low-budget TV movie and at 2am. in the morning.

Meet The Knights

So, when I stumbled across this rare gem which is called Knights of the South Bronx, I was pondering on the most apt words to describe it to you, my reader, whom I have come to value and appreciace imencely.

If I were to call it a work of art would be demeaning it somehow with a cliche. I knew that I just had to have a copy so I phoned local rental shops and came up empty handed in my hunt for the movie: "Knights of the South Bronx."..until now that is.

I am trying to foster the love among the poor kids in our community, for the game of chess and the countless,invaluable life skills it teaches everyone who ever dared to pursue it. All of the schools have started up the first term in January but a lack of books and teachers, are seeing many kids hanging around idle and feeling dejected and unworthy. So very much like the kids from the movie. Soon the ever present negative forces like drugs, alcohol and teen violence which feeds on people with low self esteem, starts to kick in.

My own children are grown up and following different career paths in Ireland and England so this concern of mine is not for them in this regard, but for the droves of teens hanging around the malls in our neighborhood. The few that I know and have spoken to, as well as the daily headline news on TV which confirms government's inability to provide the means with which to deal with a key human right ensconced in our constitution, namely: "The right to education."

Over the years I have seen the rules of the chess game successfully applied to real life situations. After much searching online, I wasn't able to find a single movie trailer to share with you. However, I did find the movie trailer online for free so you can now watch it for yourself. In7Eh6LicTLUw[/yt] this trailer you'll also find some compelling quotes from the movie as well as some useful notes about the real inspiration for the film, Mr. David MacEnulty upon whose work as a teacher with a vision, this film is based

Endearing Quotes From The Movie

I hope you enjoy watching this movie as much as I did. And if you do, please share this link with anyone you think would "get it", you know, the "Aha moment" out of it, just the way you did. To watch 'Knights of the South Bronx'...full movie feature for FREE
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Movie Quote Characters:

Richard Mason: Businessman turned teacher (Ted Danson)

Renee: Pupil 1

Kenya: Pupil 2

Jimmy: Pupil 3

Dawson: Pre-schooler

Arnie: (Mason's disabled chessplayer friend in a wheelchair)

Jimmy's Dad: (In prison, serving a sentence, he hasn't seen
Jimmy in years.)

Quotes from: 'Knights of the South Bronx'

Mason: "Everything starts with how you think. I mean, playing chess is like taking your brain to the gym. When you get that brain muscle all pumped up, nobody and nothing can defeat you."

Renee: "Yeah, sure."

Mason: "If you can win a game of chess, nobody can call you stupid."

Renee: "For real?"

Richard Mason: "Yeah, for real."

Renee: "I'm in."

Kenya: "What are these little guys with the round heads? They look like they got candles on them."

Mason: "These are pawns. You send these out to do the dirty work. Some people think that they're dispensable, that they'll do what they're told, y'know, but if they get creamed, nobody cares if you lose them or not, but actually, the pawn is the bravest piece on the board. It may look small and weak, but the truth is, the pawn fears nothing."

Arnie: "Any chess player worth his salt will tell you a loss is nothing more than an opportunity. An opportunity to get better, and learn something. What were your mistakes? What did your opponent see that you missed? How did they exploit your weaknesses? If you answer those questions for yourself, I guarantee you, next time you'll be a stronger player."

Kenya: "Well, I already know why I lost."

Mason: "Why's that?"

Kenya: "It was that gold chain with the stones on it. I'm thinking, why can't I have that sparkly necklace. It must have cost 300 dollars. And next thing I knew, her and her bling jumped me."

Mason: "So you let yourself get distracted. You let something unrelated pull you out of your game."

Kenya: "I guess."

Mason: "You let the environment of the room take over the environment of your mind. Now we've talked about this."

Arnie: "Rich, can I say something? Look, guys, I know what it's like to feel different. But this game, it's not about the colour of your skin, it's not about whether or not you can walk, and it's certainly not about how much money you've got in your pocket. It's about what you've got up here and in here and that's it."

Arnie: "Hey little man, you won a trophy. What kind of game did you bring?"

Dawson: "Ninja, I brought my ninjas."

Mason: "What do you mean, Dawson?"

Dawson: "Ninjas. All of my pieces got Ninja names. All got Ninja faces. When I'm stuck in a move I see my Ninjas come to life."

Jimmy: "So you just imagined?"

Dawson: "Oh, it's real. It's always real. I call them and they come. And let them tell me what to do...I am a Ninja Warrior! When I play chess that's who I am."

Mason: "Okay guys, we've got a mission. We've got a tournament in three weeks...And guys, you're gonna have to each one of you find your Ninja. Your secret warrior, you,'know, the one that lives inside your heart. You guys have to look inside you, at that thing that scares you. Because inside what scares you, is what saves you, every time. Find it, name it, teach it how to play chess. Alright, okay, let's get to work."

Jimmy's Dad: "When you get angry, people play you out of position. That's the same thing that happened to me. Instead of checkin' my feelings, and looking at all my
options, I got pissed off, and I lost control. And that's how I ended up in here. You've got to always stay three, or four moves ahead and you gotta keep your third eye open. That's your brain. You feelin'me?"



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Even Mundane Lives Need Strategy

Chess is actually a mirror of life. It is strewn with opportunities and struggles everywhere and it has the abillity to teach us a whole lot about life. Even a mundane kind of life needs strategy. The rules of life that can mate you or allow you to squeeze out of a very tight spot; and even when you are completely destitute, life can give you a precious opportunity that seems way too good to be true and actually allows you to win.

The perfect example of being penniless and becoming one of the largest companies in the word is Google. Mere days from having to either grow or quit, they get their first big break with a check from someone that just spoke to them for a few minutes and trusted them with $100,000, they did not even have a company formed at that time,and couldn't even cash the check.

They were tiny when Yahoo suddenly decided to invest $100,000 in them that allowed them to grow amazingly and even left Yahoo way behind. At every twist and turn they were minutes from being mated yet life gave them the power to out maneuver and conquer their opponent. Even while frequently making huge mistakes along the way and fighting against overwhelming odds they endured and went on to become the gigantic number one company on the planet!

A chess game, as I have explained is strewn with imperfections. In fact what it is, is a whole series of mistakes upon mistakes on both sides. It allows us to extract many life lessons from it. I have selected these five points that chess has taught me. The game develops closely to that of Google's pattern and of course very much like the course of our own personal lives. life is a series of decision and many of our decisions lead to grave mistakes and also ingenious corrections!

Here Are The Five Lessons I Have Learned:

1. Most of the time things look worse than they are.

If I believe in intimidation in the game, I would have been intimidated as a human being. Often hope can mislead you and doom you but many times it can be your savior. The dividing line is exeedingly thin but sometimes it may even lead to success. Often situations appear a lot worse than they really are and if you remain focussed and keep persivering, you may just find the opportunity you need to win!

2. Even if you make mistakes there is usually a way to recover.

Life has absolutes and chess teaches this too. When you reach a mate there is nothing you can do to prevent it from happenning and when there is a solid forced mating attack there is nothing you can do to avoid it and so, chess is proof that there are absolutes in life, granted, very few, but there are. However, short of these few absolute situations, there are usually ways to recover from even major mistakes.

Recovery often seems like luck rather than skilled maneuovering such as when your opponent makes a stunning amateurish mistake or when something you had not considered seems to happen by "accident". Whatever the recovery situation, it can happen with just one move, even if you did not notice that the ball rolling slowly towards that situation had already started rolling much earlier. Whether it is luck, or by divine design, many many mistakes can be recovered from in life. Quitting too early, can be as bad as not knowing when to give up but life gives you many chances and so does chess!

3. Do not be intimidated even when facing long odds, often the odds can be wrong.

This one is really a repeat of lesson number 1, but it cannot be emphasized enough. Never resign too soon, giving up too soon may make you lose more than just the game, especially if it teaches you the wrong thing or lowers your confidence. When in doubt, complicate your strategy which gives you time and makes it easier for your opponent to make a mistake. Face down long odds with unwavering confidence, and often you can cut them down to your size!

4. Remember even computers make mistakes and humans even more so.

Everyone and everything can make mistakes. Even Grandmasters make huge blunders and even an amateur player may beat a Grandmaster, only once in 10 million times but it has happened and it will happen again. People make mistakes, people are human,and to be human, is to err. Always trust in yourself and work to reduce the advantage your advisary has over you.

For example,sometimes people who did not even have money for food can live like kings through strategising against the onslaught of life's misadventures-I can surely attest to that! Similarly, in chess, do not ever give up too soon and you will win more often than you dreamed you could!


5. Respect It But Never Ever Fear The Game Of Life

All these rules, boil down to this one. In one particular game I recall, I was young and just starting out in the game of chess my opponent, a local junior champion was relentless never gave up his perhaps pre constrewd notion to mate. I wanted to, resign from the game many times but continued because as I continuede to match his moves a tiny chinc in my opponent's armour was starting to appear, it had off course been there all along but I was too frightened to break out of the box I mad placed myself into.

I made many mistakes and even if he was a stronger player I started betting on him making a mistake by complicating the game and then he made that silly little mistake which cost him the game. Life is not predictable and often seems worse than it really is because usually we look at it through the fog of our fears and misperceptions.
There are definitely times to give up, but never panic, don't fear and run away, but examine the situation carefully and if there is really no hope then do the right thing. However, if there is even the tiniest glimmer of hope, make things hot for your opponent and pray for a mistake-they will happen more often than the odds say!

SOURCE:http://reytamayo.com/2011/11/20/5-lesson-that-chess-can-teach-us/

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author avatar Jules Castillo
8th Feb 2012 (#)

looks like its a great one to wtach

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi Cowboy, if you enjoy games of strategy, (life) ,you will love this movie. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Carolan
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Great piece again Andre! and congrats on the star!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Carolan, thank you for reading. Can't return the favor as I don't see your pages my friend.

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author avatar Retired
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Bravo on another great satr page--will have to see this film! ;-)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for reading RDN. If you love the mysteries and intricacies of life situations, and having to design ways of coping and parrying the blows, you have to experience the wonderful emotions locked up inside this movie for sure. Not Everyone Will "GET THE POINT" :-))

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Feb 2012 (#)

I spent quite a long time here, reading and reviewing and reading again. Fascinating. I HAVE to see this movie.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila for making an effort to find the "POINT". If you don't see the movie, you will rob yourself of experiencing some very special emotional and sensory stuff. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Sheila for making an effort to find the "POINT". If you don't see the movie, you will rob yourself of experiencing some very special emotional and sensory stuff. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Feb 2012 (#)

P.S. Great star page.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

You must have seen the typos, Yuch! I'm pulling it down to fix it
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author avatar Buzz
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Will watch later as internet is kinda slow here. Congrats on the STAR, my friend.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Internet has virtually ground to a halt over here too Buzz, I believe Solar flares are to blame, apparently the good news is that the sun will soon settle down to it's usual state. See my comments above, if you see yourself in there somehow, you really must see the movie. Ps. Ted Danson plays a great serious role here, no sitcom at all.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Tranquil, I have yet to see this movie but, I think its sounds like it is worth watching. Thank you for the heads up. I know one of the problems with one too many teenagers is the lack of something to do. A lot of times parents just let them go on their own a bit more when they are older but, I have always felt...
Teens need as much attention as a toddler does. They both are eager to explore all they can and yet, the things they seek out are not always good for them. As parents we need to keep them occupied and set challenges for them, the same as we did when they were toddlers. Nice read my friend. Great review on 'Knights of the South Bronx'. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Hi Denise, very wise words thank you. It is as you say: "Teens need as much attention as a toddler does."

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
9th Feb 2012 (#)

What a review!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Rezaul, I do believe you found my AHA point! Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow, great review... and movie, thanks!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
10th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia, yes, isn't that movie ever so great? Bless you:-))

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Tranquilpen. I am looking forward to watching the movie.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Glad you enjoyed it Ivi, once you have watched it, Your spirit will soar from the release of thousands of feel good endorphins into your blood stream.

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author avatar ppruel
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Very good review my friend. I'll check out the link soon. Thanks

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Paul, if you like feel good movies which inspire the the upliftment of the poor, you will enjoy this.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello Paul, if you like feel good movies which inspire the the upliftment of the poor, you will enjoy this.

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author avatar EasyWriter
26th May 2012 (#)

I must agree that it was a good movie. Good review!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Easy Writer.

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author avatar Vernazoa
29th May 2012 (#)

All your pages deserve a star. Back with Wikinut. I don't think I will ever get a star, I enjoy what I do though. Delicia Powers has the true knack to float right into a star. I love being back!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th May 2012 (#)

Hello Verna, nice to see you back again my friend and about the stars, sure you can get them too,take any article you have already written, then see who moderated it. Next go to the moderator's home page, click their envelope icon at the top of the page and ask him for some pointers to fix it up. Soon you will get the hang of it and the stars will come by themselves. They really do know what is needed to make your articles shine. Best of luck,

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