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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:
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:

Above the Rim - Nahe am Abgrund  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Kyle is cheering in slow motion at the end of the movie, while "regulators" was playing, you clearing see Kyle accidentally hit heads with another one of the players See more »


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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References Family Matters (1989) See more »


Pour Out a Little Liquor
Performed by Thug Life featuring Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Written by Tupac Shakur (as T. Shakur)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Cry Together"
Composed by Kenny Gamble (as K. Gamble) & Leon Huff (as L. Huff)
Performed by The O'Jays
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A Hip-Hop Classic
15 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Can you believe that this movie was made over 10 years ago? It is very hard to believe but this movie has stood the test of time and it is highly regarded as one of the greatest basketball/hip-hop movies ever made. Here you have a star studded cast which features Duane Martin, Tonya Pinkins,Marlon Wayans,Bernie Mac,Leon and the late great rapper/actor Tupac Shakur(2Pac). Here you can see why Tupac was highly respected not only as a celebrated gangsta rapper,but also a great actor with an impaccable skill and broad range and here in this movie you see why. A film that is not to be missed. Rating:***** five stars.

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