Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. Written by
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The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
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Did You Know?
In the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio is pushing Bobby to the peep show; in the background you can see a news ticker reporting on the investigation into the 1994 Black Hawk Down incident. See more
After Jim rejects Swifty's advance and shoves him to the wall, the amount and position of the blood on Swifty's face changes between subsequent shots. See more
Yo, you think that'll keep him out of Heaven?
What are you, kidding me? Jesus Christ himself would of laughed at that, it was hillarious.
Referenced in The Butterfly Effect
People Who Died
Written by Jim Carroll
, Terrell Winn
, Brian Linsley
, Wayne Woods
(as Steve Linsley)
Performed by The Jim Carroll Band
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