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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:
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Hardest Part Of Winning Is Choosing Sides. See more »


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 dem abgrund  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$16,036,534 (USA)

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Production Co:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Rollins: Born with all the gifts, but you just gave up. Oh yeah, I'd say you owe plenty. If you ever plan on giving anything back, you better start right now. You can't do anything about your mom or Nutso, but you can about Kyle. It's all there for him, Shep, and he's blowing it.
Shep: Well, he won't be the first.
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Written by Isaac Hayes
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16 March 2002 | by (Fredrikstad,Norway) – 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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