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Above the Rim (1994)

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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

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Storyline

Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and his relationships with Birdie, a powerful drug dealer, and Birdie's brother, Thomas 'Shep' Sheppard, himself once a promising high school star at Kyle's school, now employed as a security guard. Written by <xDiezel21x@yahoo.com>

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The Hardest Part Of Winning Is Choosing Sides. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport | Thriller

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence | See all certifications »

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23 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Above the Rim - nahe dem abgrund  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,036,534 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother, although in real life Tonya is only three years his senior. See more »

Goofs

When Kyle is cheering in slow motion at the end of the movie, while "regulators" was playing, you clearing see Kyle accidentally hit heads with another one of the players See more »

Quotes

Shep: Excuse me? You think you can just kiss me anytime you feel like it?
Mailika: Yeah, that's right.
Shep: I guess that answers that.
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Connections

References Super Fly (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Crack 'Em
Performed by O.F.T.B.
Written by Ronald Watkin, Kevin White, Sammie Williams, Scottie Bowen, Tony White and DJ Quik (as Quik)
Original Bass Line written by Scottie Bowen
Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Playin' Your Game, Baby"
by Smead Hudman (as S. Hudman) and Austin Johnson (as A. Johnson)
As Recorded by Barry White
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a QUALITY film that any baller will appreciate
25 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An absolute all rounder. The cast, the plot, the basketball all come 2getha 4 an absolute stunner of a film. The Medina/Pollack influence is clear (Fresh Prince), the film offers a realistic portrayal of life in the hood.Wayans is on a mental one the entire film, while Leon gives a far more sombre, dark performance as the traumatised player who could have had it all.Tupac......Tupac is Tupac and it don't get any better (or realer) than that. The film has some slight issues regarding the love interest (Kyle's mom and Shep)which I don't feel is entirely necessary, but my girlfriend thought it was cute so the film has the potential to appeal to all.But it, rent it, watch it, steal it, borrow it...do something to see this film and remember...."Recognise mother******!"


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