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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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

Mifundo (Ilo Mutombo) speaks Lingala and not Swahili, the local language in Kenya and spoken by all the other African characters speak Swahili. Lingaga is the language of western DRCongo, and would never be spoken in Kenya. See more »

Quotes

Saleh: You came halfway around the world to watch me play this basketball?
Jimmy Dolan: That's what I said.
Saleh: (pointing to his head) Are you healthy up here?
Jimmy Dolan: Never said that.
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Connections

References JFK (1991) See more »

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WASHINGTON POST
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Stateside Marching Band
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Lightweight Fare Is Just That: Fair (as in "mediocre")
29 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kevin Bacon totally dominates this film. In fact, he's the only "name" actor in it. You won't recognize anybody else in here.

The story is lightweight entertainment with the most notable aspect being the African music, which is very good and a small tour of Kenya, which is interesting, both with beauty and poverty.

Bacon plays as basketball assistant coach, an ex-point guard, who goes to Africa to recruit this great player "Saleh" (Charles Gitangra Marina) for his team back in the States. The adventures of the trip pretty much are the story.

One negative: another irreverent slam to get a few cheap laughs at the Catholic church. A nun in here uses profanity and gives Bacon a big kiss on the lips. It's one more example of trying to make clerical people appear worldly like the rest of us.


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