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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Every punk on the block says it's not going to happen to them... but it does.
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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?
To prepare for his role, Leonardo DiCaprio
hung out in Greenwich Village and went to a poetry reading with Carroll. See more
After the boys jump into the river, there is a gash on the right side of Jim's forehead, after he takes the drugs out of the medicine cabinet; it is on the left side. See more
[after getting hit in the nose by Jim
All right. Fine. Tell them whatever you want. Nobody's gonna believe a druggie like you, anyway.
You think we're stupid? You think we don't know what you've been doin'?
This film was passed uncut with an 18 rating in the UK in 2000. It was previously cut by 47 seconds by the distributor. The cuts were to the dream sequence where kids are shot in school, which was removed by the distributor in response to the Dunblane massacre. See more
Riders On The Storm
Written by Jim Morrison
, Ray Manzarek
, John Densmore
, Robby Krieger
(as Robbie Krieger)
Performed by The Doors
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more