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Above the Rim (1994)

R  |   |  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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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

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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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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$16,036,534 (USA)
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At the start when Shep awakes from the nightmare, you hear the intro to Tupac Shakur's "Pain" - "I Couldn't help but notice your pain" - "My pain?" - "It runs deep, share it with me!". This voice-over is from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). See more »

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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 »

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Shep: All you gotta do is score, Kyle.
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Dogg Pound 4 Life
Performed by Tha Dogg Pound Gangstas: Daz Dillinger (as Dat Nigga Daz), Snoop Dogg & Kurupt (as Kurupt the Kingpin)
Written by Daz Dillinger (as Dat Nigga Daz), Kurupt (as Kurupt the Kingpin),
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Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
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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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