A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself
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Himself
Emma Gates ...
Herself - William's Mother
Curtis Gates ...
Himself - William's Brother
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Herself - Arthur's Mother
Arthur 'Bo' Agee ...
Himself - Arthur's Father
Earl Smith ...
Himself - Talent Scout
Gene Pingatore ...
Himself - High School Basketball Coach
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Himself - Professional Basketball Player
Marlyn Hopewell ...
Herself - High School Guidance Counselor (as Sister Marlyn Hopewell)
Bill Gleason ...
Himself - Television Reporter
Patricia Weir ...
Herself - President: Encyclopedia Brittanica
Marjorie Heard ...
Herself - High School Guidance Counselor
Luther Bedford ...
Himself - High School Basketball Coach
Aretha Mitchell ...
Herself - High School Guidance Counselor
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This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

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$700,000 (estimated)

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$7,830,611 (USA)
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Many of the locations used in the movie are either gone or substantially different. The neighborhood around the Cabrini-Green housing project, where one of the players lived, underwent "gentrification" soon after the film wrapped. The baseball field has been replaced by luxury condos and a shopping complex. The last Cabrini-Green apartment building was demolished in May 2011. See more »

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Announcer: Welcome to the 38th Annual NBA All Star game from Chicago Stadium.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the St. Joseph High School community and Coach Gene Pingatore who agreed to participate in a not for profit Kartemquin Educational film telling William and Arthur's stories. Today, St. Joseph, with a 39% minority enrollment, remains committed to the dream of a better life for all. Awarding need based financial aid to 40% of its students, St. Joseph with limited resources continues to maintain its academic excellence. A Hoop Dreams Fund has been set up to provide academic scholarships. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lisa Simpson, This Isn't Your Life (2010) See more »

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Washington & Lee Swing
Written by Thornton W. Allen (as Thorton W. Allen), Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (as C.A. Robbins) & M.W. Sheafe
Used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
All Rights Reserved
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A true testament to the encroaching world of pro sports
9 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This film simply exemplifies the reason why I hate most Oscar voters. This movie didn't even get a nomination, and it was one of the most successful documentaries ever! This especially exhibits the encroachment of coaches, family and other parties when it comes to the well being of inner city kids, who just happen to be good basketball players. Considering the state of pro basketball now, this kind of shows how the downward cycle of basketball was seeking lower standards. Sometimes funny, often times sad and poignant, this film is easily one of the best documentaries of all time.


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