Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich is an Emmy Award-winning documentary of "Pistol" Pete Maravich. It first aired on CBS during the Final Four Tournament on April 1, 2001. It was produced by George Roy, written by Steven Stern, and narrated by Harry Connick, Jr. It is considered the most comprehensive documentary about Maravich ever produced. It notched a 6.8 rating and a 12 share.
Pistol Pete featured never-before-broadcast game footage, plus a host of rare interviews, including Julius Erving, Les Robinson, and the camera-shy Jackie Maravich. MARAVICH biographer Wayne Federman is interviewed throughout and also served as a film consultant.
“The saga of Pete Maravich is as absorbing as the legend of James Dean, of Steve Prefontaine, of John Lennon, of every generation’s icon who died young.The fruits of Press Maravich’s love for his son, and of Pete’s intense desire to please his father, could be seen in the grainy films from the Pistol’s college days. His story is timeless.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Buy, rent, or borrow a VCR. Program it for today’s showing of Pistol Pete: The Life and Times of Pete Maravich. The 90-minute special on CBS is that good. The action sequences are good enough that you’ll want to pull it out again and use the freeze frame to make sure that you actually saw what you thought you saw.”
Raleigh News and Observer
“The editing and story-telling throughout ‘Pistol Pete’ is so superb that one is able to pay attention to yards and yards of footage of Maravich doing remarkable, incredible things with a basketball while never losing sight of the human price tag attached to his achievements. The blend of marvel and sorrow is inescapable.”
New York Post