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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bailey ...
Motaw (as Sherwin David Harris)
Starnes (as Henry Simmons II)
Iris Little Thomas ...
Eric Nies ...
Bill Rafferty ...
Himself (as Bill Raftery)


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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Crime | Drama | Sport | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harlemi ziccer  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$16,036,534 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the final basketball game Birdie's bandanna changes positions multiple times. See more »


Kyle-Lee: Is he your brother, Birdie?
Birdie: He used to be.
Kyle-Lee: What does that mean?
Birdie: Just 'cause a motherfucker's born into your family don't mean you stay family, all right? That motherfucker ain't shit. He don't care about me, you, nothing. Okay? Understand?
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Referenced in The 1995 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards (1995) See more »


Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Written by Tupac Shakur (as T. Shakur) & Stretch (as R. Walker)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Living Inside Your Love"
by Dave Grusin / Earl Klugh (as E. Klugh)
As Recorded by Earl Klugh
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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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