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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.33 : 1
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Arthur Agee in 2007 did his own personal "Hoop Dreams" follow up called "Hoop Reality" which was based on current NBA player Patrick Beverly who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers which the Directors of this film were proud of him to make. See more »

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Announcer: Welcome to the 38th Annual NBA All Star game from Chicago Stadium.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) See more »

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Written by Ben Sidran
Featuring Bob Malach & Ben Sidran
© 1993 Bulldog Music (ASCAP)
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Dreamin'
24 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie. Back in 98 I had the unexpected pleasure of catching it on PBS. At first I casually watched it, having heard of it upon its release a few years earlier. Not too far into the three hour running time, I found myself going from casual onlooker to absolutely hooked.

The story is amazing in its scope. Four years of high school and some brief college material are documented here. We hop on board the lives of two high school basketball stars from Chicago, all but consumed with the desire to play in the NBA. Both boys are similar in some ways, and yet very different.

As their story unfolds, you become very aware at how real this story is for many young athletes. All Hollywood clichés are left in the dust and the truth only a documentary can muster pulls us along for what seems like a film that is strangely too short. Three hours have never gone by so quick.

Your heart will cheer, break, and then cheer again for these two great kids as they struggle with their dreams of reaching the ultimate level, as well as their struggle to just find a way through their daily lives. I won't do you the disservice of giving away anything. Just sit down and watch a great movie, and find out for yourself. Good Stuff!

10/10


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