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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)  »

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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

PAC had a double in the basketball scene due to his New York shooting See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shep: Excuse me? You think you can just kiss me anytime you feel like it?
Mailika: Yeah, that's right.
Shep: I guess that answers that.
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Didn't Mean to Turn You On
Performed by 2nd II None
Written by Dee, KK & DJ Quik (as Quik)
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
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The most underrated basketball movie ever
28 August 2004 | by (east orange, new jersey) – See all my reviews

This movie deserves more credit then critics should give. This movie had an all star cast as the up and coming Marlon Wayans,Tupac Shakur,Leon,Duane Martin,Henry Simmons,Bernie Mac,and the lovely Tonya Pinkins. Each actor played their part magnificiently and it was hip,touching,and realistic. The beginning was a little off when Leon dreamed of his best friend's death and then focused mainly on Duane Martin's basketball skills,and him trying to get into Georgetown University. Marlon Wayans was the comic relief in the film who's been released from prison. Bernie Mac was the homeless man who was interested in basketball but never made it. Tupac was the ruthless street hustler and the coach of a dirty playing basketball team. There were other former R&B stars who starred in the movie but only had small parts. To wrap it up in a nutshell Above the rim to me is one of the most memorable urban basketball movies I've ever saw.


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