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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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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 am Abgrund  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,036,534
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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, when Shep makes a finger roll for a layup, his jersey and #15 are backwards. See more »

Quotes

Shep: Crazy hard, scar your motherfuckin ass, bunks
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Old Times' Sake
Performed by Sweet Sable featuring Nefertiti (uncredited)
Written by Miller / Tabitha Brace (as Brace) / Angelisa Strong (as Strong)
Sweet Sable appears courtesy of Street Life / Scotti Bros. Records
Nefertiti for Ageniah appears courtesy of Mercury Records
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A good early film about basketball... Tupac's best performance
11 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my guilty obsession type films. Most of the young actors (at the time), gave their best performances. The film is a bout a young basketball player who goes through a lot of trouble in his last year as a high school star point guard. Duane Martin shines in this role, perfectly casted, nice performance by the young actor. Tupac Shakur gives his best performance ever, better than his over-the-top Juice in which he was also impressive. Marlon Wayans, also gives one of his best early performances, not doing too much, didn't annoy me here. Leon's performance wasn't that great, hes not the best actor. I also liked Bernie Mac in a very hilarious role. The film is not perfectly acted, but Martin and Shakur carry it. Its a good screenplay, directed well, with great basketball scenes as well. great film 9/10


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