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Above the Rim (1994)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Sport  |  23 March 1994 (USA)
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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>

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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:

Harlemi ziccer  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)


$16,036,534 (USA)

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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 »


During the final basketball game, when Shep makes a finger roll for a layup, his jersey and #15 are backwards. See more »


Bugaloo: Yo Kyle, I didn't know you was uncircumcised. Yo, Your dick look like an anteater.
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References Mod Squad (1968) See more »


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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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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