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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kyle Lee Watson
... Shep
... Birdie
... Rollins
... Mailika
... Bugaloo
... Flip
... Monroe
... Motaw (as Sherwin David Harris)
... Bobby
... Starnes (as Henry Simmons II)
Iris Little Thomas ... Waitress
... Richie
... Montrose
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>

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Crime | Drama | Sport | Thriller

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

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23 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Above the Rim - Nahe am Abgrund  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,036,534
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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

During the final basketball game Birdie's bandanna changes positions multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Birdie: Motaw, you in.
Birdie: You, your ass is gone. If I catch anyone talking to Bugaloo, your ass is gone too.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Stick 'Em Up
Performed by The Beastie Boys
Written by Adam Horovitz / Adam Yauch / Mike D (as Mike Diamond) / DJ Hurricane (as Wendell Fite)
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
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A Hip-Hop Classic
15 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Can you believe that this movie was made over 10 years ago? It is very hard to believe but this movie has stood the test of time and it is highly regarded as one of the greatest basketball/hip-hop movies ever made. Here you have a star studded cast which features Duane Martin, Tonya Pinkins,Marlon Wayans,Bernie Mac,Leon and the late great rapper/actor Tupac Shakur(2Pac). Here you can see why Tupac was highly respected not only as a celebrated gangsta rapper,but also a great actor with an impaccable skill and broad range and here in this movie you see why. A film that is not to be missed. Rating:***** five stars.


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