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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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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)  »

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Afrika csúcsai  »

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$17,080,000 (estimated)

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$21,011,500 (USA)
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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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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.23 (2015) See more »

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ST. JOSEPH'S ALMA MATER
Written by Brock Walsh
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oh c'mon, it's fun
15 July 2004 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again, and I still love it from when I was a kid. (I know everyone loves some stinkers when they're kids, but bear with me.) This movie was as entertaining now as it was back then.

I know the plot can be predicted almost to the detail, but if that doesn't immediately and absolutely put you off it, it's a real treat. The acting and script are sincere, but even more so, the whole movie just has an innocent sincerity to it that's actually a rare find (even in a kids' movie). If this movie were a romance, it wouldn't hold up at all with this kind of sentimentality, but in a fun movie that's (technically) a sports drama, it really lends something to the whole affair that can put you in a good mood every time you watch it.

I'm sure part of this is Maina's performance, which is so sweet you can't help but like it -- this is coming from a usually-cynical moviegoer who dislikes "sappy" movies.

All in all, it's a charmer.


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