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Above the Rim (1994)

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 | 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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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,036,534 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Mailika: Kyle, have you seen my keys?
Kyle-Lee: I can't believe you going out with that toy cop again. I mean, what do you even know about him? At least tell me what time you're coming home.
Mailika: Look who's worried about curfews.
Kyle-Lee: I'm worried about you.
Mailika: Well, how does it feel? I was waiting up again last night. Where were you?
Kyle-Lee: Chilling.
Mailika: That's not good enough. Do I have to ground you?
Kyle-Lee: You have to be home first.
Mailika: I can ground you from a payphone, boy.
Kyle-Lee: You ain't no cop 'cause you knocking boots with Barney Fife.
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Referenced in The 1995 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards (1995) See more »

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Part Time Lover
Performed by H-Town
Written by DeVante DeGrate (as Devante Swing) and Darryl Pearson
Courtesy of Luke Records
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Below the average
9 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kyle Lee Watson (Duane Martin) is the star basketball player at his high school, but his overly developed ego limits him from reaching his full potential. However via trials and tribulations he slowly starts finding the right path, in some part thanks to an unwilling mentor in the form of the school security guard Shep (Leon), who used to be NBA material, until one day tragically (and unintentionally comically) his best friend plummets to his death after trying to dunk. His brother on the other hand is local badboy Birdie (Tupac Shakur), who took to crime after Shep bailed out on the family.

Despite B-movie credentials the presence of Tupac Shakur seems to have torpedoed the popularity of "Above the Rim". The story however remains derivative throughout, whilst the secondary plot is more than a tad schmaltzy, thrown in for good measure to introduce a father figure for Kyle. In addition to that the director Jeff Pollack goes extremely by the book, avoiding any turns or twists. Keeping it simple doesn't however work, as the resulting story is plot-thin and scarce of emotion. Once it gets to the ultimate and predictable show-down no connection has really been created between the viewers and the characters, hence no real enjoyment in watching this purposeless flick.

Some key scenes are plain funny, unwillingly drawing a smirk to your face, while certain situations are blunderingly solved with disregard to logic and reason.


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