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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:

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

Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother, although in real life Tonya is only three years his senior. 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

Kyle-Lee: Why are you doin this man? It's just a game.
Shep: Not to me.
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Connections

References Super Fly (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit Cheers
Written and Performed by The Georgetown University Pep Band
Courtesy of Georgetown University
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Good hood/sport movie
25 August 2005 | by roddick-1See all my reviews

This movie is definitely a memorable hood movie, don't know why it's not up their with the others.

The thing that stood out the most in this movie was that it is not a basketball movie. It's a hood movie. I was expecting it to be a basketball movie set that just happens to be in the hood, but no. Still, it's got a lot of action packed exciting basketball scenes in it. While it's not a basketball movie, any fan of basketball should enjoy it.

Overall it's a good movie. Should be a good watch for fans of hood movies, fans of basketball, or both.


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