In Search of Greatness

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USA | 2018 | 80 minutes | Gabe Polsky

Opens April 12, 2019

In an age where athletes who dream of going pro are judged against increasingly more intense physical tests, documentary filmmaker Gabe Polsky's (Red Army) latest film focuses on Wayne Gretsky, Jerry Rice, Pelé, and other sporting giants whose achievements transcend what today's data-driven practices might have predicted.

What if our modern techniques for assessing potential greatness in sport are just a matter of the tail wagging the dog? With In Search of Greatness, documentarian Gabe Polsky interrogates those practices, interviewing a collection of some of the most prominent athletes of the past several decades in an attempt to position less measurable characteristics like creativity, competitive spirit, obsessive behaviors, and a love of the game as being equally determining factors in the essential makeup of champions of any stripe. "We've barely made it through the first quarter of 2018, but an early contender for the best documentary feature Oscar has emerged." - Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter

  • Director: Gabe Polsky
  • Principal Cast: Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, Pelé, Ken Robinson, David Epstein
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Gabe Polsky
  • Screenplay: Gabe Polsky
  • Cinematographers: Svetlana Cvetko
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG-13