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Above the Rim (1994)

 -  Crime | Drama | Sport  -  23 March 1994 (USA)
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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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Some games you play. Some games play you. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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

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23 March 1994 (USA)  »

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$16,036,534 (USA)
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Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother, although in real life Tonya is only three years his senior. See more »

Goofs

In the movie's first scene Shepard and Nutso are playing ball on a rooftop with a huge wall and glass window behind the basketball hoop. When Nutso falls off of the roof the wall completely disappears. See more »

Quotes

Rollins: You forgot about your team.
Kyle-Lee: I had 22 points and 8 rebounds.
Rollins: And we lost.
Kyle-Lee: Then maybe the entire team should be here instead of just me. It's not like anybody else had a good game.
Rollins: You didn't give them a chance to. And that's just the sort of thing recruiters look at.
Kyle-Lee: Come on coach, we both know there's more to making it than what happens on the court.
Rollins: What is that supposed to mean?
Kyle-Lee: Nothing.
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Spirit Cheers
Written and Performed by The Georgetown University Pep Band
Courtesy of Georgetown University
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The most underrated basketball movie ever
28 August 2004 | by (east orange, new jersey) – See all my reviews

This movie deserves more credit then critics should give. This movie had an all star cast as the up and coming Marlon Wayans,Tupac Shakur,Leon,Duane Martin,Henry Simmons,Bernie Mac,and the lovely Tonya Pinkins. Each actor played their part magnificiently and it was hip,touching,and realistic. The beginning was a little off when Leon dreamed of his best friend's death and then focused mainly on Duane Martin's basketball skills,and him trying to get into Georgetown University. Marlon Wayans was the comic relief in the film who's been released from prison. Bernie Mac was the homeless man who was interested in basketball but never made it. Tupac was the ruthless street hustler and the coach of a dirty playing basketball team. There were other former R&B stars who starred in the movie but only had small parts. To wrap it up in a nutshell Above the rim to me is one of the most memorable urban basketball movies I've ever saw.


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