Part "Brian's Song," part THE STRATTON STORY (also scripted by the writer of this film, Douglas Morrow), MAURIE is based on the ordeal of Cincinnati Royals star Maurice Stokes, who was struck with paralysis that ended his promising career and left him hospitalized. Onetime San Francisco
49ers and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Bernie Casey gives a fine performance as Maurie; Bo Swenson plays Jack Twyman, his Royals teammate who dedicates a decade to Maurie's rehabilitation, raising money through an annual charity game and making it possible for Maurie to talk again before death
ended his 10-year struggle. Unfortunately, despite the leads' fine characterizations, Mo...