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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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Storyline

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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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

Kyle-Lee: I was just thinkin bout spreadin my fingers and poppin my wrist.
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References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Crack 'Em
Performed by O.F.T.B.
Written by Ronald Watkin, Kevin White, Sammie Williams, Scottie Bowen, Tony White and DJ Quik (as Quik)
Original Bass Line written by Scottie Bowen
Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Playin' Your Game, Baby"
by Smead Hudman (as S. Hudman) and Austin Johnson (as A. Johnson)
As Recorded by Barry White
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Great Visuals - {Mad Sound Track}
27 March 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The film, Above The Rim is no Star Wars, It's just a darker version of "White Men Can't Jump" with more creativity on the well developed basketball dribbling and dunks visuals. It's a must see for any sport/rap fan with the best soundtrack - thanks to Tupac Actor/Rapper dropping monster rhymes. The plot is a little light, but can't we all understand that we are not watching this movie for the plot but for the action. The basketball and music culture of America is superbly linked into the grim, street culture of the ghetto. The subtle use of basketball as a view into the street culture of America, is unique and original to this movie. This movies is a must for all DVD collections and deserves a 10. Thank You.


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