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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

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

Quotes

Motaw: Riding in SUV with Bugaloo and Kyle... Pull the ar over. Pull it over right here. PULL IT OVER!
Motaw: Run it niggas. - gets money from the two dealers, then punches both of them in the mouth. Picks up one of the dealers, placed the barrel of a gun into his mouth.- Don't you ever hold out on me again. Understand? -Punches the dealer again.
Motaw: Getting back in the SUV - Ya'll motherfucker see that? I'm a motherfucking soldier! Now drive!
Bugaloo: Nigga you need a role model, or a hug, or somethin.
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Connections

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Pain
Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac)
Written by Tupac Shakur (as T. Shakur) & Stretch (as R. Walker)
Additional vocals & arrangements by 'Charmaine Amee Patterson'
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Contains a sample from "Living Inside Your Love"
by Dave Grusin / Earl Klugh
As Recorded by Earl Klugh
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Tupac's greatest performance
16 March 2002 | by martymasterSee all my reviews

This movie has a real street feel to it,and it shows the meaning of true friends and how difficult some kids have growing up in world with drugs and crime. One of my favorit movies in this genre,and this movie also contains some real cool basketball scenes.


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