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Above the Rim (1994)

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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director:

Jeff Pollack

Writers:

Jeff Pollack (story), Benny Medina (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Duane Martin ... Kyle Lee Watson
Leon ... Shep
Tupac Shakur ... Birdie
David Bailey ... Rollins
Tonya Pinkins ... Mailika
Marlon Wayans ... Bugaloo
Bernie Mac ... Flip
Byron Minns ... Monroe
Wood Harris ... Motaw (as Sherwin David Harris)
Shawn Michael Howard ... Bobby
Henry Simmons ... Starnes (as Henry Simmons II)
Iris Little Thomas Iris Little Thomas ... Waitress
Michael Rispoli ... Richie
Eric Nies ... Montrose
Bill Rafferty Bill Rafferty ... Himself (as Bill Raftery)
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Storyline

Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and his relationships with Birdie, a powerful drug dealer, and Birdie's brother, Thomas 'Shep' Sheppard, himself once a promising high school star at Kyle's school, now employed as a security guard. Written by <xDiezel21x@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Hardest Part Of Winning Is Choosing Sides. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, and for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Above the Rim - Nahe am Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,036,534
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

PAC had a double in the basketball scene due to his New York shooting See more »

Goofs

When Kyle is cheering in slow motion at the end of the movie, while "regulators" was playing, you clearing see Kyle accidentally hit heads with another one of the players See more »

Quotes

Bugaloo: Yo, Kyle, tell this funny-looking nigga how long it took me to call you back after you beeped me.
Kyle-Lee: A couple of minutes.
Bugaloo: A couple of minutes, Mo. That's called good business. Prompt service. You know what I'm saying?
Motaw: Get the fuck out of my ear.
Bugaloo: Anyway, yo, Kyle, I told Birdie that you was in. Money was hyped. He had like an orgasm and shit. I think that nigger like winning more than money and twice as much as pussy and shit. Motherfucker jerk off to winning.
Motaw: Alright, you motherfuckers finished? ...
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Connections

References Three the Hard Way (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Mobbin' with Tha Dogg Pound
Performed by Tha Dogg Pound
Written by Daz Dillinger (as Dat Nigga Daz) & Kurupt (as Kurupt the Kingpin)
Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
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A good early film about basketball... Tupac's best performance
11 August 2005 | by PersianPlaya408See all my reviews

This is one of my guilty obsession type films. Most of the young actors (at the time), gave their best performances. The film is a bout a young basketball player who goes through a lot of trouble in his last year as a high school star point guard. Duane Martin shines in this role, perfectly casted, nice performance by the young actor. Tupac Shakur gives his best performance ever, better than his over-the-top Juice in which he was also impressive. Marlon Wayans, also gives one of his best early performances, not doing too much, didn't annoy me here. Leon's performance wasn't that great, hes not the best actor. I also liked Bernie Mac in a very hilarious role. The film is not perfectly acted, but Martin and Shakur carry it. Its a good screenplay, directed well, with great basketball scenes as well. great film 9/10


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