Jimmy B. & Andre (1980)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Detroit restauranteur Jimmy Butsicaris is probably best known to sports fans as the good buddy and severest critic of onetime Tigers manager Billy Martin. The made-for-TV Jimmy B. & Andre dramatizes an emotional chapter in the life and career of the big-hearted Butsicaris. Alex Karras plays Jimmy B., who tries to cut through State of Michigan red tape to adopt a streetwise African-American boy. Karras also coproduced this film with his wife Susan Clark, who shows up in a campy cameo as a hooker. Jimmy B. & Andre effectively captures the ethnic-mix ambiance of the Motor City; the sentiment weighs things down at times, but a story like this requires a few mushy moments.

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adoption, bureaucracy, race-relations