Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity.
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The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
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Did You Know?
Screenwriter Bryan Goluboff
used to follow the real-life Jim Carroll
around Greenwich Village in the 1980s, when the future screenwriter was a teenager and Carroll was playing music in New York City. See more
At the beginning of the movie, right after Jim is beaten by the Father, you see Iggy right about to exit the classroom, but in the next shot he is nowhere to be seen. See more
All I've been doing is reading this diary wondering how the hell I'm still alive?
Written by Kim Thayil
(as Kim A. Thayil), Chris Cornell
(as Christopher J. Cornell)
Performed by Soundgarden
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc. See more