More than a Game
|More than a Game|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kristopher Belman|
|Produced by||Harvey Mason, Jr.
|Written by||Kristopher Belman
Dru Joyce III
Dru Joyce II
|Music by||Harvey Mason, Jr.|
|Edited by||Scott Balcerek|
|Running time||105 minutes|
More than a Game is a 2008 American documentary film that follows NBA superstar Lebron James and four of his teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Akron, Ohio, and James's journey to fame. The film trailer was released in April featuring the single "Stronger" by Mary J. Blige, which she released in support of the film. The soundtrack titled Music Inspired by More Than a Game was released September 28, 2009. The film had limited theatrical release on October 2, 2009.
- LeBron James as himself
- Dru Joyce III as himself
- Romeo Travis as himself
- Sian Cotton as himself
- Willie McGee as himself
- (Coach) Dru Joyce II as himself
"More Than A Game" is a documentary that focuses in on 5 young basketball players - LeBron James, Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee - and their coach, Dru Joyce II, performing on an AAU team with the growing stardom of the future NBA superstar, LeBron James. Taking them through their pre-teens to high school, the film follows their incredible journey as the unknown Ohio team rises to the top of youth athletics.
The music is mainly inspired by A .J. Mighton and John Colwill. An executive producer of the movie, Harvey Mason, Jr., also is an executive producer of the soundtrack album, Music Inspired by More Than a Game. The album was due for release on September 28, 2009 in the UK and September 29 in the United States. Interscope is the main record label involved although Polow da Don's label Zone 4 inc/productions Mason's Harvey Mason Media the main production associates and publishers involved. Producers for the project include Boi-1da, Danielle Rayna, Polow da Don and Jerome Harmon amongst others.
The soundtrack features songs from Ester Dean, Drake, T.I., Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, and Soulja Boy amongst others. The album also features additional vocals or raps from Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Toni Braxton, JoJo, Jordin Sparks, Ya Boy, Omarion, and Faith Evans plus others. A number of songs were released as singles. Firstly "Stronger" by Mary J Blige is the soundtrack's lead single and was released on August 4, 2009 to support the film and later on August 21, 2009 as the second single from Blige's ninth studio album also titled Stronger. "Drop It Low" by Ester Dean (with Chris Brown) was released as a single on August 9, 2009 whilst "Forever" by Drake (featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem) was released as a single on September 15, 2009.
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