Don’t dismiss “Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story,” which opened October 26th at the Quad Movie Theatre, as just a film about a one-armed basketball player.
It is so much more.
This film is about the emotions of someone who has overcome significant odds, while dealing with the early death of a father who never let his son know he was loved until after he was gone.
Through director Franklin Martin’s lens we are lead through Kevin’s trails and tribulations. Even without a left hand; he was born a lefty and yet plays with the right because that is what was given him, he joyously triumphs. As a senior in high school he receives a full page spread in the Sports Illustrated’s Super Bowl issue, and he and his parents meet with President Bush, but like a regular person Kevin too has failures on the court when it counts the most. A hairline fracture his senior year cripples his ambitions to play basketball. In order to re-invent the dream a military academy that has a coach who gets his players onto Division One teams and even that may not pan out because of prejudice. Unlike most he overcomes his heartbreak to achieve a scholarship to a top-level college basketball program and become the first one-armed player.
Laue is an inspiration and his story brings more to the table than a manipulative story line. Laue is a thoroughbred who inspires others to greatness.
Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story: Manhattan College/Dutchmen Films