No No: A Dockumentary

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  • Summary: On June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter on LSD. While he was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field, Dock was an outspoken leader who lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” His fearlessness enabled him to become one of the most intimidatingOn June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter on LSD. While he was often embroiled in controversy on and off the field, Dock was an outspoken leader who lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” His fearlessness enabled him to become one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 70s and a trailblazer for a new wave of civil rights. After retiring, Dock became as outspoken about his career-spanning substance abuse issues as he had been about intolerance. He spent decades utilizing his brash approach as a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries. Through intimate stories and a trove of archival footage, No No: A Dockumentary brings Dock's vibrant life to light, burnishing the legend and revealing the man behind it. [The Orchard] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 15, 2014
    83
    “No No” is a jazzy, joyful exploration of a man that, if he wasn’t able to actually change the system, was at least happy with giving it the middle finger.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 4, 2014
    78
    The film provides invaluable context in its detailing of institutional racism in the Sixties and Seventies and in its emphasis on Ellis as an advocate for equality and as a righteous shit-stirrer.
  3. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Sep 5, 2014
    75
    The film is fine in depicting Ellis' times, but it's mostly how he came to realize that he had a serious problem and turned his life around to become a drug-abuse counselor. He died in 2008 at age 63.
  4. Reviewed by: Katherine Vu
    Sep 2, 2014
    70
    There's enough diamond lore here to please baseball diehards, but Ellis's outsize life will grip even casual fans.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 4, 2014
    70
    [An] engaging portrait of a complicated but vivid sports figure.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 3, 2014
    70
    Despite the abbreviated ending, No No: A Dockumentary is nevertheless a compelling, deeply moving, fun look at the highs and lows of a bygone era.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    “No No” performs the valuable service of elevating Ellis’s legacy beyond one game, reminding viewers of a career during which he was almost always, as one observer notes, “a chapter ahead.”

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