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The Air Up There (1994)

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Michael Glaser (as Paul M. Glaser)

Writer:

Max Apple
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Jimmy Dolan
Charles Gitonga Maina ... Saleh
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Sister Susan
Winston Ntshona ... Urudu
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ... Nyaga
Sean McCann ... Ray Fox
Dennis Patrick ... Father O'Hara
Ilo Mutombo Ilo Mutombo ... Mifundo
Nigel Miguel ... Halawi
Eric Menyuk ... Mark Collins
Keith Gibbs Keith Gibbs ... Buddy Wilson
Miriam Owiti Miriam Owiti ... Beisa
Douglas Leboyare Douglas Leboyare ... Ikedo
Francis Mutei Francis Mutei ... St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua Gibson Gathu Mbugua ... Harimbo
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Storyline

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team. Written by Reid Gagle

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Jimmy Dolan went to recruit a new player. What he found was a whole new ballgame.

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Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) states the mythical St. Joseph's University won the 1981 National Championship. Indiana University won the 1981 National Championship led by Isiah Thomas. Both Indiana University and Isiah Thomas get a reference later in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In a very common film/TV error, when Urudu aims his revolver at Nyaga (after shooting the television) it sounds like the hammer is drawn back. When he lifts the revolver, however, the hammer is still raised. See more »

Quotes

Sister Susan: I only hope you're as good a coach as you are a bullshit artist!
Jimmy Dolan: [shocked] You're allowed to say bullshit?
Sister Susan: Only if I really mean it.
Father O'Hara: [in a low voice to Jimmy] Every day I thank the lord she's on our side.
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.23 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

HIGHER & HIGHER
Written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
Performed by The Mint Juleps
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oh c'mon, it's fun
15 July 2004 | by soymaid327See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again, and I still love it from when I was a kid. (I know everyone loves some stinkers when they're kids, but bear with me.) This movie was as entertaining now as it was back then.

I know the plot can be predicted almost to the detail, but if that doesn't immediately and absolutely put you off it, it's a real treat. The acting and script are sincere, but even more so, the whole movie just has an innocent sincerity to it that's actually a rare find (even in a kids' movie). If this movie were a romance, it wouldn't hold up at all with this kind of sentimentality, but in a fun movie that's (technically) a sports drama, it really lends something to the whole affair that can put you in a good mood every time you watch it.

I'm sure part of this is Maina's performance, which is so sweet you can't help but like it -- this is coming from a usually-cynical moviegoer who dislikes "sappy" movies.

All in all, it's a charmer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Air Up There See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,080,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,240,859, 9 January 1994

Gross USA:

$21,011,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,011,318
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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