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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 »

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Yolanda Vazquez ...
Winston Ntshona ...
Urudu
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Nyaga
Sean McCann ...
Ray Fox
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Ilo Mutombo ...
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Halawi
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Mark Collins
Keith Gibbs ...
Buddy Wilson
Miriam Owiti ...
Beisa
Douglas Leboyare ...
Ikedo
Francis Mutei ...
St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua ...
Harimbo
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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

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

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7 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Afrika csúcsai  »

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$17,080,000 (estimated)

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$21,011,500
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1.85 : 1
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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 the story of his National Championship heroism, Jimmy Dolan refers to a play at the end of the fourth quarter of a game. College basketball is played in two halves, not in quarters. 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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Referenced in Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (2003) See more »

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HIGHER & HIGHER
Written by Gary Jackson, Carl Smith and Raynard Miner
Performed by The Mint Juleps
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Formulaic sports movie but quite entertaining
19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

When college basketball coach Jimmy Dolan loses the hottest new recruit by beating him in a game of one on one and damaging his pride he loses his job and looks for a way to get back. He sees a brilliant African player on a home movie and travels to Kenya to recruit him. However Saleh is the Chief's son and has his own problems as a mining company is trying to get control of the tribe's land.

Bacon is not really a lead actor but someone who can give a good performance in co-lead or support. Here he has a film to carry on his own and struggles with it. Mainly it's due to the formulaic nature of the plot – lets be honest, even from the plot outline above I bet you could guess how's it going to end. However that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable – just not very good. It has plenty of nice laughs and the basketball action is fun and will directed if not realistic.

Despite the formula the cast mainly do quite well, but really it never manages to get above the sort of formulaic sports comedy that we see so often. However it is entertaining and I did enjoy just switching off my brain and letting it go in one ear and out the other.

Instantly forgettable and very by the numbers but some good laughs, good locations and good basketball action make it an entertaining enough film to just veg out in front of. Not great but passable.


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