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Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story (1996)

The biography of Jimmy Valvano, American sports reporter and basketball coach, who died of cancer in 1993.


Marcus Cole


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Credited cast:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Jim 'Jimmy V' Valvano
Ashley Crow ... Pam
Ronny Cox ... Davis
Wendell Pierce ... John Saunders
Wendy Hoopes ... Older Nicole Valvano
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Rocco
Nikki Deloach
Amanda Minikus Amanda Minikus
Joe Inscoe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dwayne Adway ... Chris Washburn
Marguerite Ayers Marguerite Ayers ... Reporter
Nate Bynum
Carolyn Foland Carolyn Foland ... Photographer
Michael Harding ... Reporter
Jack Harrison ... College Student


The biography of Jimmy Valvano, American sports reporter and basketball coach, who died of cancer in 1993.

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2 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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La vera storia di Jimmy V. See more »

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Moving story of a great coach...
30 June 2002 | by BSSSee all my reviews

It's hard to fit this man's whole story into a two-hour TV movie, but this is still a moving tribute to Jim Valvano, his lust for life, and his adherence to a "Don't ever give up" attitude. I would have liked to have seen a more complete picture of Valvano, especially more of the story behind the allegations of misconduct at NC State, but two hours isn't enough to cover everything, and I believe the picture accomplished everything it set out to do. 6 out of 10.

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