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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

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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un campeón de altura See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,080,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,011,500
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Llo Mutumbo is NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutumbos brother. See more »

Goofs

Mifundo (Ilo Mutombo) speaks Lingala and not Swahili, the local language in Kenya and spoken by all the other African characters speak Swahili. Lingaga is the language of western DRCongo, and would never be spoken in Kenya. 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

ST. JOSEPH'S ALMA MATER
Written by Brock Walsh
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30 April 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

As someone who's never really been into sports, "The Air Up There" hardly seems like the sort of movie that I would like, but I did. When basketball talent scout Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) goes to Kenya to recruit a new player, he ends up finding Saleh, a chief's son whose skills exceed what anyone could have imagined. But before he moves to the states, there are some things that both sides are going to have to deal with.

This movie is interesting mainly for two reasons: it's good to see a sports movie that's not all about machismo, and a movie that looks at Kenyan culture (not one that we usually get to see). The movie isn't really any kind of masterpiece, but it never pretends to be one. There are some scenes that look like they were thrown in for comic relief (namely the goat milk). Pretty interesting.


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