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Writers (WGA):
Jim Carroll (novel)
Bryan Goluboff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 April 1995 (USA) See more »
The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist See more »
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Scott Kalvert 
Writing credits
Jim Carroll (novel)

Bryan Goluboff (screenplay)

Produced by
Chris Blackwell .... executive producer
Dan Genetti .... executive producer
Liz Heller .... producer
Kathie Hersch .... line producer
John Bard Manulis .... producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
David Phillips (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dana Congdon 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Christopher Nowak 
Set Decoration by
Harriet Zucker 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
Makeup Department
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Diane Hammond .... makeup artist
Sharyn Pierson .... additional makeup artist (as Sharyn Cordice Pierson)
Gina G. Riggi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Diana Schmidt .... unit production manager (as Diana D. Schmidt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director
David C. Dean .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacqueline Arnot .... set dresser
James R. Bilz .... prop master
Nancy G. Blake .... assistant prop master
Beth Coiner .... art department intern
David Cooney .... storyboard artist
Glen Engels .... construction grip (as Glen K. Engels)
Ralph Fratianni .... construction grip
Andrew Gangloff .... shop craftsman (as Andrew George Gangloff)
George Hugel .... carpenter (as George A. Hugel)
Jerry Kadar .... set dresser
Ivan McDonald .... art department coordinator
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Timothy Metzger .... leadman (as Timothy M. Metzger)
Don Nace .... scenic (as Don R. Nace)
Arne Olsen .... key construction grip
Harriet Zucker .... artwork
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Tammy Blake .... sound assistant
Paul B. Clay .... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Patricia Conaway Lamberti .... sound assistant (as Patricia Conaway)
Larry Hoki .... sound recordist
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Victor Iorillo .... co-supervising sound editor
Victor Iorillo .... sound designer
Jerry Jacobson .... dialogue editor
Susan Kurtz .... sound effects editor
George Leong .... boom operator
Bill Mellow .... foley mixer
Ken Miller .... dialogue editor
Patrick O'Sullivan .... dialogue editor
Sina Oroomchi .... foley mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... dialogue editor
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Joe Schwartz .... sound assistant
Shane Shemko .... foley walker
Pat Somerset .... adr editor
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Daniel Tripoli .... sound effects editor (as Dan Tripoli)
Cam Wagner .... foley walker
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... rain effects
Wilfred Caban .... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Visual Effects by
Charles L. Finance .... opticals: Title House (as Chuck Finance)
Jay Carrado .... stunt player (as Jay Lee Carrado)
Bob Colletti .... stunt player
Danny Cosmo .... stunt player (as Danny 'Cosmo' Higgenbottom)
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt player
Todd Michael .... stunt player
Edgard Mourino .... stunt coordinator
Jon Rothstein .... stunt player
David Shumbris .... stunt player
Danny Cosmo .... stunt double: Leonardo DiCaprio (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... unit still photographer
Michael Berg .... gaffer
Mike Bicknell .... best boy electric (as Michael Bicknell)
Robert Blair .... additional electric (as Bob Blair)
James Boniece .... additional grip (as Jim Boniece)
Robin Buerki .... additional steadicam operator
Maria Calvaruso .... camera trainee
John Clifford .... unit still photographer
Patrick Cousins .... electric (as Pat Cousins)
Mark Egyud .... generator operator
Neil Fallon .... video playback operator (as M. Neil Fallon)
Scott Fleischer .... lighting and grip equipment: General Camera
Charles Goodman .... additional grip (as Charlie Goodman)
Jonathan Graham .... additional grip
Hardwick Johnson .... camera equipment: Panavision, Camera Service Center
William Klayer .... gaffer
Charlie Marroquin .... dolly grip (as Charles Marroquin)
Rick Marroquin .... third grip
Gary Martone .... key grip
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Jim McConkey .... camera operator
Monique Mitchell .... best boy grip
Phil Oetiker .... additional camera operator
Mike Reed .... best boy electric (as Michael Reed)
Jim Richards .... electric
Vince J. Vennitti .... second assistant camera
Howard Weiner .... video playback operator
Alan Wolfe .... first assistant camera
Susan Gabbay .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Lamb .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian Lataille .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Diane Silverstadt .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Joan Kaufman .... assistant to costume designer: David C. Robinson
Dalhia Schuette .... wardrobe production assistant
Wendy Van Dyke .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Brian Berdan .... additional editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Jon Miles .... post-production: studio, T.H.E. Tools
Jim Schulte .... second assistant editor
Boyd Steer .... negative cutter
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor
Michael Trull .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Trish Adlesic .... assistant location manager
Eddy Collyns .... location manager
Susan Labunski .... location assistant
Terry 't-bone' Rhodes .... location scout (as Terry 'T-Bone' Rhodes)
Andrew Saxe .... assistant location manager
Heidi Topper .... location scout
Music Department
Kristen Becht .... assistant to music supervisor
Billy Gottlieb .... music coordinator
Salvadore Poe .... featured performer: guitars (as Paul DiBartolo)
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Joshua Wingett)
Frankii Elliott .... assistant: Karyn Rachtman (uncredited)
Brian Williams .... music designer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bobby Alberga .... driver (as Robert Alberga)
William Baker .... transportation co-captain
Joseph Irwin .... driver
Robert Johnson .... driver (as Robert L. Johnson)
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain (as Brian P. Maxwell)
George Nadramia Jr. .... driver
Joseph Paprota .... driver (as Joseph Paprotta)
Donald Sweeney .... driver
Thomas J. Walsh .... driver (as Thomas Walsh)
Other crew
Selena Adams .... set intern
Chad Auchincloss .... set intern
Greg Brandt .... caterer: Greg's Gourmet
Kristen Buckley .... set production assistant
Rosemary Carroll .... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as Rosemary Carroll Esq.)
Mitchell Cassel .... contact lenses (as Dr. Mitchell Cassell)
Camille Cerullo .... assistant auditor
Camille Cerullo .... post-production auditor
Sam Chwat .... dialogue coach
David Codikow .... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as David Codikow Esq.)
Brandon Colton .... craft service assistant
Jenny Cottle .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Deborah Cowan .... craft service assistant
Delroy Dally .... parking assistant
Shirley Davis .... assistant coordinator
Sam Dickerman .... assistant to producers: Los Angeles
Eric 'Rock' Eisenberg .... basketball technical advisor
Stacy Fass .... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as Stacy Fass Esq.)
Kerin Ferallo .... assistant to producers: New York
David 'Flip' Filippi .... key production assistant
Charles L. Finance .... titles: Title House (as Chuck Finance)
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Michele Giordano .... production coordinator
Kennen E. Gudjonsson .... set intern
Cassandra Han .... technical assistant
Allison R. Hebble .... office intern (as Allison Hebble)
Jude Aubrey Hindle .... craft service
Lys Hopper .... prep location manager
James A. Janowitz .... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as James A. Janowitz Esq.)
Jon M. Johnson .... parking coordinator (as Jon M. 'Hoops' Johnson)
Roger Kass .... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Roger E. Kass Esq.)
Lisa Katcher .... script supervisor
Beth Katz .... set intern
Thomas Andrew Marzulli .... office production assistant
Jim W. McFarland .... additional production assistant
Mike Mirkin .... safety diver: Divers Unlimited (as Michael Mirkin)
Karim Murad .... assistant parking coordinator
John Murphy .... unit publicist
Carlos Oliver .... assistant: Mark Wahlberg
Terry Ostrow .... set production assistant (as Terri Ostrow)
Matthew D. Panepinto .... additional production assistant (as Matthew Panepinto)
Tom Penketh .... office intern
Erin Quinn .... production auditor (as Erin C. Quinn)
Andrea Rapke .... set production assistant
Edwin Rivera .... parking assistant
Karen Robson .... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Karen Robson Esq.)
Marcia Rutledge .... insurance: RHH Ruben
Lori Seidner .... additional production assistant (as Lori C. Seidner)
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse .... additional production assistant (as Betsy Shankin)
Juliet Traum .... office intern
Cass Vanini .... additional production assistant
Peter Villega .... parking assistant
Junior Webb .... assistant to director
Eric Weinstein .... technical advisor: research (as Eric L. 'E-Factor' Weinstein)
Elizabeth Westrate .... second assistant coordinator
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Peter A. D'Amato .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Goldman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Huffman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Burg .... special thanks
Joanne Burnham .... special thanks
Marty Diamond .... special thanks
Naomi Donne .... special thanks
Phil Downey .... special thanks
Ann Dubinet .... special thanks
John Dyzcko .... special thanks
Leon Dyzcko .... special thanks
Anthony Falco .... special thanks: the Hoboken Police Department (as Lt. Anthony Falco)
Bruce Feinberg .... special thanks: Director, New York State Governor's Office For Motion Pictures And Television Development
Charles Gambetta .... special thanks (as Charlie Gambetta)
Gary Gersh .... special thanks
Marybeth Hagner .... special thanks (as Mary Beth Hagner)
Sonia Kalvert .... special thanks
Nancy Lund .... special thanks
Milton Maldonado .... special thanks: the Special Operations Division Unit Of The New York City Police Department (as Lt. Maldonado)
Bob Mastronardi .... special thanks
Ricardo Mazal .... special thanks
Lenny Messitte .... special thanks: Forest Hills High School
Lawrence Mestel .... special thanks (as Larry Mestel)
Alberto Montano .... special thanks
Peter Nichols .... special thanks
Tom O'Donnell Jr. .... special thanks
Alfred Pariser .... special thanks
John Penotti .... special thanks
Jane Raab .... special thanks
Lisa Rafel .... special thanks
Pat Scanlon .... special thanks (as Patricia Scanlon)
Craig Seti .... special thanks
Rea Ann Silva .... special thanks
Bryan Unger .... special thanks (as G. Bryan Unger)
Joe Violante .... special thanks (as Joey Violante)
Ben Whittaker .... special thanks
Melissa Zacker .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Streets of New York" - International (English title) (video title)
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Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (DVD rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (video rating) | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Germany:12 (bw) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (NO. 33624)
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Did You Know?

Screenwriter Bryan Goluboff used to follow the real-life Jim Carroll around Greenwich Village in the 1980s, when the future screenwriter was a teenager and Carroll was playing music in New York City.See more »
Continuity: When Mickey is reading from Jim's diary at the basketball court, the position of the diary/pages changes from flat to folded between cuts.See more »
Pedro:Yo, you think that'll keep him out of Heaven?
Mickey:What are you, kidding me? Jesus Christ himself would of laughed at that, it was hillarious.
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What has been cut out of the British BBFC 18 release?
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86 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
Very powerfull statement against drugs., 26 February 2000
Author: Michiel Waaijer ( from Delft, Holland

I think 'The basketball diaries' is a realistic and very important movie. It shows the road that one walks to being addicted to drugs. From taking dope once a week to taking dope every day, every hour. Leonardo DiCaprio playes a basketballplayer, a schoolkid(Jim Carrol) who walks this path. He experiments with drugs 'till there is no way back. He gets himself in all kinds of stupid situations. He starts robbing stores, ripping off money from old ladies just to get some cash for dope. His life is beginning to look like a living hell. His basketballcoach wants to have sex with him, and when he passes out on the basketballfield due to taking a wrong kind of 'pep-pil', he gets kicked out of the basketball team and from school. From this moment on everything goes in a downward spiral for DiCaprio.

An excellent scenario you would say, and it is. The acting from DiCaprio is great. We saw it earlier on in his career when he got oscar-nominated for 'What's eating gilbert grape'. A gripping drama in which he playes a disabled kid. But in 'The basketball diaries' he playes an equally difficult part. Not a lot actors would have put down this kid who's life is wrecked, and who is constantly thinking about dope as well as DiCaprio did.

The statement the movie delivers is a powerfull one. Being addicted to drugs is horrible. Usually people learn about this aspect trough seminars or televisonshows such as Oprah Winfrey. But it never really gets the kind of attention and understanding from the audience as 'The Basketball diaries' delivers.

The amazing performance by DiCaprio, the fact that this movie is actually based on a true story and the reality the movie is set in, 'The basketball diaries' deserves a 9 out of 10.

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