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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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Some games you play. Some games play you. See more »

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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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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

In the movie's first scene Shepard and Nutso are playing ball on a rooftop with a huge wall and glass window behind the basketball hoop. When Nutso falls off of the roof the wall completely disappears. See more »

Quotes

Birdie: Check this out. You ain't goin to college or any fuckin where if the Bird Man don't win. You might be on the other team, but you playin for ME. Remember that.
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Referenced in Tupac: Resurrection (2003) See more »

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Old Times' Sake
Performed by Sweet Sable featuring Nefertiti (uncredited)
Written by Miller / Tabitha Brace (as Brace) / Angelisa Strong (as Strong)
Sweet Sable appears courtesy of Street Life / Scotti Bros. Records
Nefertiti for Ageniah appears courtesy of Mercury Records
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a QUALITY film that any baller will appreciate
25 February 2006 | by See 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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