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The Air Up There (1994)

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

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Yolanda Vazquez ...
Winston Ntshona ...
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Sean McCann ...
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Ilo Mutombo ...
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Keith Gibbs ...
Miriam Owiti ...
Beisa
Douglas Leboyare ...
Ikedo
Francis Mutei ...
St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua ...
Harimbo
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Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team. Written by Reid Gagle

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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7 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afrika csúcsai  »

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Budget:

$17,080,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,011,500 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) states the mythical St. Joseph's University won the 1981 National Championship. Indiana University won the 1981 National Championship led by Isiah Thomas. Both Indiana University and Isiah Thomas get a reference later in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the story of his National Championship heroism, Jimmy Dolan refers to a play at the end of the fourth quarter of a game. College basketball is played in two halves, not in quarters. See more »

Quotes

[Sister Susan kisses Jimmy after his team wins]
Jimmy Dolan: Sister! You're allowed to kiss?
Sister Susan: [smiling] Only if I really mean it!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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WATCH ME FLY
Written and performed by Matthew Wilder
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Hoop dreams
21 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Paul Michael Glasser's "The Air up There" is a fun film to watch, knowing full well what to expect. It doesn't break new barriers, or brings anything new to this type of film, but it is a totally harmless time in front of the television. Not having seen it in its commercial run, we had a chance to enjoy it the other night when it turned up on cable.

The best thing, as usual, going for this film is Kevin Bacon. Mr. Bacon makes anything he plays in an enjoyable experience. No matter what he does, he is totally believable, as is the case with his role as this coach, Jimmy Dolan, who will go to any extreme in order to get a good basket ball player for his team at Saint Joseph's.

His African journey gives Jimmy Dolan a first eye view of the poverty and hardship the young men in the remote village have to endure. He realizes the potential, especially in Saleh, the young man he wants to bring back to America.

Both Mr. Bacon and Charles Gitonga Maina, who plays Saleh, have an easy time together bonding in a hostile environment. Their inter action makes the film enjoyable. Also, the mostly unknown supporting cast compliment the movie.

Granted, this is a film to watch only for entertainment and to enjoy Kevin Bacon at his most charming self.


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