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Hoop Dreams (1994)

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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

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... Himself
... Himself
Emma Gates ... Herself - William's Mother
Curtis Gates ... Himself - William's Brother
... Herself - Arthur's Mother
Arthur 'Bo' Agee ... Himself - Arthur's Father
Earl Smith ... Himself - Talent Scout
Gene Pingatore ... Himself - High School Basketball Coach
... Himself - Professional Basketball Player
Marlyn Hopewell ... Herself - High School Guidance Counselor (as Sister Marlyn Hopewell)
Bill Gleason ... Himself - Television Reporter
Patricia Weir ... Herself - President: Encyclopedia Brittanica
Marjorie Heard ... Herself - High School Guidance Counselor
Luther Bedford ... Himself - High School Basketball Coach
Aretha Mitchell ... Herself - High School Guidance Counselor
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This documentary follows two young African-Americans through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Arthur Agee and William Gates both show great potential and are are actively recruited as they look to enter high school. They start off at the same high school but unable to pay an unexpected bill for tuition fees, Arthur has to withdraw and go to the local public high school. The film follows them through their four years of high school and their trials and tribulations: injuries, slumps and the never ending battle to maintain their grades. Through it all, their hoop dreams continue. Written by garykmcd

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An Extraordinary True Story.


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Rated PG-13 for drug content and some strong language | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Basquete Blues  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,830,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,830,611
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William Gates became a Church pastor in the area where the Cabrini-Green projects were once located. He was in terrible state personally when he began being involved with the Church and has had lots of people whom he had known personally from Cabrini become part of his congregation. Arthur Agee's father, Bo also became a Church minister after he had been given a second chance from the life of drugs and abuse he had done in his life until his untimely passing in 2004. See more »

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Announcer: Welcome to the 38th Annual NBA All Star game from Chicago Stadium.
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Thanks to the St. Joseph High School community and Coach Gene Pingatore who agreed to participate in a not for profit Kartemquin Educational film telling William and Arthur's stories. Today, St. Joseph, with a 39% minority enrollment, remains committed to the dream of a better life for all. Awarding need based financial aid to 40% of its students, St. Joseph with limited resources continues to maintain its academic excellence. A Hoop Dreams Fund has been set up to provide academic scholarships. See more »

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1994 (1994) See more »

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In This Very Room
Words & Music by Ron & Carol Harris
© 1979 Ron Harris Music (ASCAP)
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All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used by Permission.
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My favorite film of all time!
15 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

This gets my vote for the best movie of all time!! I know, it sounds crazy to say that about a documentary, but to me, this film has more drama, truth, realism & emotion than a thousand Hollywood movies put together. I've seen it over 30 times, and it never ceases to gladden my heart to see Arthur & William's story. The scene where Arthur's mom receives her diploma from nursing school has to be one of my all time favorites. For me, this is one of the rare three-hour movies that I never wanted to end. 10/10.


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