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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 ... 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:

Some games you play. Some games play you. 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

At the start when Shep awakes from the nightmare, you hear the intro to Tupac Shakur's "Pain" - "I Couldn't help but notice your pain" - "My pain?" - "It runs deep, share it with me!". This voice-over is from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the final basketball game, when Shep makes a finger roll for a layup, his jersey and #15 are backwards. See more »

Quotes

Mailika: Kyle, have you seen my keys?
Kyle-Lee: I can't believe you going out with that toy cop again. I mean, what do you even know about him? At least tell me what time you're coming home.
Mailika: Look who's worried about curfews.
Kyle-Lee: I'm worried about you.
Mailika: Well, how does it feel? I was waiting up again last night. Where were you?
Kyle-Lee: Chilling.
Mailika: That's not good enough. Do I have to ground you?
Kyle-Lee: You have to be home first.
Mailika: I can ground you from a payphone, boy.
Kyle-Lee: You ain't no cop 'cause you knocking boots with Barney Fife.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Tupac: Resurrection (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Just So Ya No
Performed by CPO-Boss Hogg
Written by CPO & Tony 'T.' Green
Courtesy of Death Row/Interscope Records
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a QUALITY film that any baller will appreciate
25 February 2006 | by josepharakeSee all my reviews

An absolute all rounder. The cast, the plot, the basketball all come 2getha 4 an absolute stunner of a film. The Medina/Pollack influence is clear (Fresh Prince), the film offers a realistic portrayal of life in the hood.Wayans is on a mental one the entire film, while Leon gives a far more sombre, dark performance as the traumatised player who could have had it all.Tupac......Tupac is Tupac and it don't get any better (or realer) than that. The film has some slight issues regarding the love interest (Kyle's mom and Shep)which I don't feel is entirely necessary, but my girlfriend thought it was cute so the film has the potential to appeal to all.But it, rent it, watch it, steal it, borrow it...do something to see this film and remember...."Recognise mother******!"


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