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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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Some games you play. Some games play you. 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)

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$16,036,534 (USA)
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Trivia

Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother, although in real life Tonya is only three years his senior. 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 »

Quotes

Mailika: What about you? Where does your mind run to?
Shep: Nowhere. It's just stuck. It's the rest of me that does the running.
Mailika: That's too bad. Folks either move past the things that happen to them, or they stop moving at all. But you're young. You can do anything, except sing.
Shep: I can sing a little bit.
Mailika: Not even a little bit.
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References Family Matters (1989) See more »

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Oh Shit
Performed by The Pharcyde
Written by J. Swift (as J. Martinez), Tré Hardson (as T. Hardson), Imani Wilcox (as E. Wilcox),
Fatlip (as D. Stewart)
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl Records
Contains a sample from "Beale Street"
Composed by Sylvester Kyner
Performed by Donald Byrd
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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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