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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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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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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1.85 : 1
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During the final basketball game, when Shep makes a finger roll for a layup, his jersey and #15 are backwards. See more »


Shep: Crazy hard, scar your motherfuckin ass, bunks
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Good hood/sport movie
25 August 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely a memorable hood movie, don't know why it's not up their with the others.

The thing that stood out the most in this movie was that it is not a basketball movie. It's a hood movie. I was expecting it to be a basketball movie set that just happens to be in the hood, but no. Still, it's got a lot of action packed exciting basketball scenes in it. While it's not a basketball movie, any fan of basketball should enjoy it.

Overall it's a good movie. Should be a good watch for fans of hood movies, fans of basketball, or both.

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