The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened ()

directed by Gilbert Moses
featuring Debbie Allen, James Earl Jones, Jimmie "J.J." Walker, Sorrell Booke, Valerie Curtin

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The seemingly lighthearted title of this made-for-TV movie obscures the film's somber overtones. Good Times star Jimmie Walker was past 30 when he starred as teenaged athlete Morris Bird III in The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened. Stricken with leukemia, Morris nonetheless intends to play in an upcoming basketball tournament. His own personal tragedy is compounded by the surprisingly aloof behavior of his father (James Earl Jones). Set during the 1950s, the film admirably evokes its time-frame without hitting the ...

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