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Above the Rim (1994)

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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:
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:

Above the Rim - Nahe am Abgrund  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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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 »


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 »


Kyle-Lee: Why are you doin this man? It's just a game.
Shep: Not to me.
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References Three the Hard Way (1974) See more »


Crack 'Em
Performed by O.F.T.B.
Written by Ronald Watkin, Kevin White, Sammie Williams, Scottie Bowen, Tony White and DJ Quik (as Quik)
Original Bass Line written by Scottie Bowen
Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Playin' Your Game, Baby"
by Smead Hudman (as S. Hudman) and Austin Johnson (as A. Johnson)
As Recorded by Barry White
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Tupac's greatest performance
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie has a real street feel to it,and it shows the meaning of true friends and how difficult some kids have growing up in world with drugs and crime. One of my favorit movies in this genre,and this movie also contains some real cool basketball scenes.

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