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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... See more »

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Jimmy Dolan
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Saleh
Yolanda Vazquez ...
Sister Susan
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Urudu
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Nyaga
Sean McCann ...
Ray Fox
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Father O'Hara
Ilo Mutombo ...
Mifundo
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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
Vusi Kunene ...
Ntzuko
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Mrs. Urudu
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Mingori Mining Company Clerk
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Itumbo
Fanyana H. Sidumo ...
Lilo
Peter Khubeke ...
Mimo
Salathial Maake ...
Dahwi
Jomo Lewarani ...
The Bodyguard
John Lesley ...
Banquet Emcee
Wendell Brereton ...
St. Joseph's Player #1
Falconer Abraham ...
St. Joseph's Player #2
Dennis Orina ...
Ruwala
Danstan Ojoo ...
Sololo
Peter Kigadi ...
Opozo 1
Benson Rateng ...
Opozo 2
Bright Tjatji ...
Winabi Boy
Ramolao Makhene ...
Pawn Broker
George Owino Odhiambo ...
Mingori Team
Robert Otienio Omole ...
Mingori Team
Fredrick Omondi Okumu ...
Mingori Team
Benjamin Iraya ...
Mingori Team
Daniel Otieno Oketch ...
Mingori Team
Stanley Murandah ...
Mingori Team
Morris Aluanga ...
Mingori Team
Zolile Mtimkulu ...
Mingori Team
Solomon Mashiane ...
Mingori Team
Jackson P. Mkwanazi ...
Mingori Team
Frans Matome Matioga ...
Referee
Lincoln M. Letsoalo ...
Referee
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Carrie Beale ...
Basketball Game Fan (uncredited)
Regis Lemke ...
Basketball Game Fan (uncredited)

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Paul Michael Glaser ... (as Paul M. Glaser)

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Max Apple ... (written by)

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Lynn Abdi ... secretary of production
Robert W. Cort ... producer
Ted Field ... producer
Conrad Hool ... co-producer
Lance Hool ... executive producer
Scott Kroopf ... executive producer
Ian Ross ... line producer
Rosalie Swedlin ... producer

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David Newman

Cinematography by

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Dick Pope

Film Editing by

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Tom McMurtry
Michael E. Polakow

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Ian Crafford ... additional editor
David Orr ... color timer
Jonny Winograd ... assistant editor
William Parnell ... dailies editor (uncredited)

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Don Finn
Mali Finn

Production Design by

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Roger Hall
Brent Thomas

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Alicia Keywan
Leith Ridley

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Karen Brookes ... (as Karen Mary Brookes)

Costume Design by

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Hope Hanafin

Makeup Department

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Dee Eybers ... hair stylist
Gabriella Molnar ... makeup artist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran ... hair department head
Kathleen Weir ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Michael L. Games ... production manager
Rebecca Hilliard ... post-production supervisor
Conrad Hool ... unit production manager
Angel Pine ... Post Production Executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bonnie Benwick ... third assistant director: second unit
Tom Quinn ... second assistant director
Martin Walters ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Roger Baron ... set decoration buyer
Shane Bunce ... set dresser (as Shane Brunce)
Roland Hunter ... scenic artist
Teri-Lin Robertson ... art department coordinator
Emilia Roux ... set dresser
Joel Van Bavel ... construction coordinator
David Wynne-Roberts ... scenic painter
Rae Wynne-Roberts ... head scenic (as Rae Wynna-Roberts)

Sound Department

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Anna Behlmer ... re-recording mixer
Lon Bender ... additional sound (as Lon E. Bender)
Barney Cabral ... sound editor
Christian T. Cooke ... adr mixer
Dino Dimuro ... sound effects editor
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound designer
David Gertz ... foley mixer
Randy Kelley ... sound effects editor (as Randy Kelly)
David Lee ... sound mixer
Joseph A. Mayer ... supervising adr editor
Glenn T. Morgan ... sound effects editor
James Moriana ... foley artist
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
Jay B. Richardson ... sound effects editor
Mark Smith ... re-recording mixer
Steve Switzer ... boom operator
Kim Waugh ... additional sound
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit ... supervising sound editor
Linda Yeaney ... first assistant sound editor

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Kevin J. Andruschak ... special effects assistant
Jason Board ... effects key
Bob Hall ... special effects key
Martin Malivoire ... special effects coordinator
Andrew Robertson ... special effects technician: effects standby
Dean Stewart ... special effects technician

Stunts

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Craig Ginsberg ... stunt coordinator / stunt double: Kevin Bacon
Marcel Guiguet ... stunts
Gary Jensen ... stunt coordinator
Thuli Mabaso ... stunts
Harry Mamabolo ... stunts
Isaac Mavimbela ... stunts
Bismilla Mdaka ... stunts
Eury Mlimi ... stunts
Reginald Mompati ... stunts
Ben Montsho ... stunts
Petros Muchabala ... stunts
Philip Notununu ... stunts (as Phillip S.J. Notununu)
Pascaline Phale ... stunts
Graham Press ... stunts
Mancel Septic ... stunts
Wayne Smith ... stunts
Tyrone Stevenson ... stunts (as Tyron Stevenson)
Neville Strydom ... stunts
Clifford Terera ... stunts
Johannes Thejane ... stunts (as Johannes Moleko Thejane)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Anthony Bannister ... still photographer
David Crone ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Harmon Cusack ... camera operator: second unit
Mike Harwood ... electrician
Chris Helcermanas-Benge ... still photographer
Richard Latham ... focus puller
Anthony Smythe ... assistant camera
Chris Squires ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Dean Stinchcombe ... second assistant camera
Clint Stone ... lighting technician
Gary Turnbull ... focus puller
Pat Williams ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Brendan Donnison ... adr voice casting
Emily Schweber ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Carolyn Marston ... set costumer
Sheila E. Pruden ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Robin Hollister ... location manager

Music Department

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Sharon Boyle ... music supervisor
Tim Boyle ... score mixer
Barklie K. Griggs ... music supervisor
Richard Henderson ... music coordinator
Alexander Janko ... auricle programmer
David Newman ... orchestrator
Lise Richardson ... music editor
J. Peter Robinson ... composer: additional music
Sharon Smith ... assistant music editor
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Paul Wertheimer ... score recordist
Krystyna Newman ... score consultant (uncredited)
Katherine Quittner ... music editor: temp score (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Marwick ... production driver

Other crew

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Michael Cartwright ... climber
Christopher Comrie ... assistant accountant
Mick Dalrymple ... production coordinator
Migel Dunkley ... climber
Paul Evry ... climber
Christopher Hool ... production coordinator
Michael Kuhn ... big cheese
James LaBrie ... basketball double: Kevin Bacon
Don Levy ... unit publicist
John Mavrogeorge ... production assistant
Bob McAdoo ... basketball technical advisor
Veronica Miller ... first assistant accountant
Steven Tyler Sahlein ... post production manager
Stuart Wentzel ... armourer
Mimi Wolch ... script supervisor

Thanks

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Malcolm Ritchie ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Jimmy Dolan went to recruit a new player. What he found was a whole new ballgame. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un joueur à la hauteur (France)
  • Der Sprung nach oben (Germany)
  • Una tribu en la cancha (Spain)
  • Che aria tira lassù? (Italy)
  • Un campeón de altura (Argentina)
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  • 107 min
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Budget $17,080,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Intersection/The Air Up There/Body Snatchers/Iron Will/Hoop Dreams (1994). See more »
Soundtracks WASHINGTON POST See more »
Quotes Saleh: You came halfway around the world to watch me play this basketball?
Jimmy Dolan: That's what I said.
Saleh: (pointing to his head) Are you healthy up here?
Jimmy Dolan: Never said that.
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