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The Basketball Diaries ()


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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

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Jim Carroll
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Jim's Mother
Marilyn Sokol ...
Chanting Woman
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Pedro
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Neutron
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Mickey
Roy Cooper ...
Father McNulty
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Construction Worker (as Vinnie Pastore)
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Swifty
Jimmy Papiris ...
Iggy
Nick Gaetani ...
Referee #1
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Bobo (as Alexander Gaberman)
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Tommy (as Ben Jorgensen)
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Counterman
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Diane Moody
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Bobby
Akiko Ashley ...
Stripper
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Reggie
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Manny
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Winkie
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Blinkie
Eric Betts ...
Drug Dealer #1
Joyce R. Korbin ...
Mugging Victim
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Confessional Priest
Lawrence Barth ...
Referee #2
Gary Iorio ...
Policeman
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Kenny
Jim Carroll ...
Frankie Pinewater (as James Dennis Carroll)
William Webb ...
JuJu Johnson
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Mr. Rubin (as John Vennema)
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Skinhead
Doc Dougherty ...
Policeman
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Billy the Bartender
Manny Siverio ...
Pino
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Jim Carroll (uncredited) (voice)
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Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Pool hall shark (uncredited)
Brian Ferrari ...
St. Vitus Student (uncredited)
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The 'John' in the Subway (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hannon ...
Head Nurse (uncredited)
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Drug-sniffer in subway restroom (uncredited)
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Priest (uncredited)
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Catholic School Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Scott Kalvert

Written by

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Jim Carroll ... (novel)
 
Bryan Goluboff ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Chris Blackwell ... executive producer
Dan Genetti ... executive producer
Liz Heller ... producer
Kathie Hersch ... line producer
John Bard Manulis ... producer

Music by

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Graeme Revell

Cinematography by

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David Phillips ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dana Congdon

Editorial Department

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Brian Berdan ... additional editor
Bob Kaiser ... color timer
Jon Miles ... post-production: studio, T.H.E. Tools
Jim Schulte ... second assistant editor
Boyd Steer ... negative cutter
Nick Sternberg ... editorial runner
Tim Sternberg ... assistant editor
Michael Trull ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Avy Kaufman

Production Design by

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Christopher Nowak

Set Decoration by

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Harriet Zucker

Costume Design by

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David C. Robinson

Makeup Department

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Verne Caruso ... hair stylist
Diane Hammond ... makeup artist
Sharyn Pierson ... additional makeup artist (as Sharyn Cordice Pierson)
Gina G. Riggi ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Diana Schmidt ... unit production manager (as Diana D. Schmidt)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert C. Albertell ... second assistant director
David C. Dean ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jacqueline Arnot ... set dresser
James R. Bilz ... prop master
Nancy G. Blake ... assistant prop master
Beth Coiner ... art department intern
David Cooney ... storyboard artist
Glen Engels ... construction grip (as Glen K. Engels)
Ralph Fratianni ... construction grip
Andrew Gangloff ... shop craftsman (as Andrew George Gangloff)
George Hugel ... carpenter (as George A. Hugel)
Jerry Kadar ... set dresser
Ivan McDonald ... art department coordinator
Fred Merusi ... construction coordinator
Timothy Metzger ... leadman (as Timothy M. Metzger)
Don Nace ... scenic (as Don R. Nace)
Arne Olsen ... key construction grip
Ezo Wippler ... mural artist
Harriet Zucker ... artwork
Jeffrey Rollins ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Beau Biggart ... adr mixer
Tammy Blake ... sound assistant
Paul B. Clay ... supervising sound editor (as Paul Clay)
Patricia Conaway Lamberti ... sound assistant (as Patricia Conaway)
Larry Hoki ... sound recordist
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Victor Iorillo ... co-supervising sound editor / sound designer
Jerry Jacobson ... dialogue editor
Susan Kurtz ... sound effects editor
George Leong ... boom operator
Bill Mellow ... foley mixer
Ken Miller ... dialogue editor
Patrick O'Sullivan ... dialogue editor
Sina Oroomchi ... foley mixer
Jeffrey Perkins ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau ... dialogue editor
William Sarokin ... sound mixer
Joe Schwartz ... sound assistant
Shane Shemko ... foley walker
Pat Somerset ... adr editor
Lauren Stephens ... dialogue editor
Daniel Tripoli ... sound effects editor (as Dan Tripoli)
Cam Wagner ... foley walker
Kris Fenske ... foley assistant (uncredited)

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J.C. Brotherhood ... rain effects
Wilfred Caban ... special effects assistant
Steven Kirshoff ... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)

Visual Effects by

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Charles L. Finance ... opticals: Title House (as Chuck Finance)

Stunts

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Jay Carrado ... stunt player (as Jay Lee Carrado)
Bob Colletti ... stunt player
Danny Cosmo ... stunt player (as Danny 'Cosmo' Higgenbottom)
Donald John Hewitt ... stunt player
Todd Michael ... stunt player
Edgard Mourino ... stunt coordinator
Jon Rothstein ... stunt player
David Shumbris ... stunt player
Danny Cosmo ... stunt double: Leonardo DiCaprio (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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K.C. Bailey ... unit still photographer
Michael Berg ... gaffer
Mike Bicknell ... best boy electric (as Michael Bicknell)
Robert Blair ... additional electric (as Bob Blair)
James Boniece ... additional grip (as Jim Boniece)
Robin Buerki ... additional steadicam operator
Maria Calvaruso ... camera trainee
John Clifford ... unit still photographer
Patrick Cousins ... electric (as Pat Cousins)
Mark Egyud ... generator operator
Neil Fallon ... video playback operator (as M. Neil Fallon)
Scott Fleischer ... lighting and grip equipment: General Camera
Charles Goodman ... additional grip (as Charlie Goodman)
Jonathan Graham ... additional grip
Hardwick Johnson ... camera equipment: Panavision, Camera Service Center
William Klayer ... gaffer
Charlie Marroquin ... dolly grip (as Charles Marroquin)
Rick Marroquin ... third grip
Gary Martone ... key grip
Jim McConkey ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Monique Mitchell ... best boy grip
Phil Oetiker ... additional camera operator
Mike Reed ... best boy electric (as Michael Reed)
Jim Richards ... electric
Vince J. Vennitti ... second assistant camera
Howard Weiner ... video playback operator
Alan Wolfe ... first assistant camera
Susan Gabbay ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Lamb ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian Lataille ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting
Diane Silverstadt ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill E. Anderson ... wardrobe supervisor
Joan Kaufman ... assistant to costume designer: David C. Robinson
Dalhia Schuette ... wardrobe production assistant
Wendy Van Dyke ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Trish Adlesic ... assistant location manager
Eddy Collyns ... location manager
Lys Hopper ... prep location manager
Susan Labunski ... location assistant
Terry 't-bone' Rhodes ... location scout (as Terry 'T-Bone' Rhodes)
Andrew Saxe ... assistant location manager
Heidi Topper ... location scout

Music Department

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Kristen Becht ... assistant to music supervisor
Billy Gottlieb ... music coordinator
Salvadore Poe ... featured performer: guitars (as Paul DiBartolo)
Karyn Rachtman ... music supervisor
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer
Joshua Winget ... music editor (as Joshua Wingett)
Frankii Elliott ... assistant: Karyn Rachtman (uncredited)
Brian Williams ... music designer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Bobby Alberga ... driver (as Robert Alberga)
William Baker ... transportation co-captain
Joseph Irwin ... driver
Robert Johnson ... driver (as Robert L. Johnson)
Brian Maxwell ... transportation captain (as Brian P. Maxwell)
George Nadramia Jr. ... driver
Joseph Paprota ... driver (as Joseph Paprotta)
Donald Sweeney ... driver
Thomas J. Walsh ... driver (as Thomas Walsh)

Other crew

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Selena Adams ... set intern
Chad Auchincloss ... set intern
Greg Brandt ... caterer: Greg's Gourmet
Kristen Buckley ... set production assistant
Rosemary Carroll ... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as Rosemary Carroll Esq.)
Mitchell Cassel ... contact lenses (as Dr. Mitchell Cassell)
Camille Cerio ... assistant auditor (as Camille Cerullo) / post-production auditor (as Camille Cerullo)
Sam Chwat ... dialogue coach
David Codikow ... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as David Codikow Esq.)
Brandon Colton ... craft service assistant
Jenny Cottle ... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Deborah Cowan ... craft service assistant
Delroy Dally ... parking assistant
Shirley Davis ... assistant coordinator
Sam Dickerman ... assistant to producers: Los Angeles
Eric 'Rock' Eisenberg ... basketball technical advisor
Stacy Fass ... legal services: Codikow & Carroll (as Stacy Fass Esq.)
Kerin Ferallo ... assistant to producers: New York
David 'Flip' Filippi ... key production assistant
Charles L. Finance ... titles: Title House (as Chuck Finance)
Leigh French ... adr group coordinator
Michele Giordano ... production coordinator
Kennen E. Gudjonsson ... set intern
Cassandra Han ... technical assistant
Allison R. Hebble ... office intern (as Allison Hebble)
Jude Aubrey Hindle ... craft service
James A. Janowitz ... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as James A. Janowitz Esq.)
Jon M. Johnson ... parking coordinator (as Jon M. 'Hoops' Johnson)
Roger Kass ... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Roger E. Kass Esq.)
Lisa Katcher ... script supervisor
Beth Katz ... set intern
Thomas Andrew Marzulli ... office production assistant
Jim W. McFarland ... additional production assistant
Mike Mirkin ... safety diver: Divers Unlimited (as Michael Mirkin)
Karim Murad ... assistant parking coordinator
John Murphy ... unit publicist
Carlos Oliver ... assistant: Mark Wahlberg
Terry Ostrow ... set production assistant (as Terri Ostrow)
Matthew D. Panepinto ... additional production assistant (as Matthew Panepinto)
Tom Penketh ... office intern
Erin Quinn ... production auditor (as Erin C. Quinn)
Andrea Rapke ... set production assistant
Edwin Rivera ... parking assistant
Karen Robson ... legal services: Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn (as Karen Robson Esq.)
Marcia Rutledge ... insurance: RHH Ruben
Lori Seidner ... additional production assistant (as Lori C. Seidner)
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse ... additional production assistant (as Betsy Shankin)
Juliet Traum ... office intern
Cass Vanini ... additional production assistant
Peter Villega ... parking assistant
Junior Webb ... assistant to director
Eric Weinstein ... technical advisor: research (as Eric L. 'E-Factor' Weinstein)
Elizabeth Westrate ... second assistant coordinator
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. ... inventory services (uncredited)
Peter A. D'Amato ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Goldman ... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Huffman ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mark Burg ... special thanks
Joanne Burnham ... special thanks
Marty Diamond ... special thanks
Naomi Donne ... special thanks
Phil Downey ... special thanks
Ann Dubinet ... special thanks
John Dyzcko ... special thanks
Leon Dyzcko ... special thanks
Anthony Falco ... special thanks: the Hoboken Police Department (as Lt. Anthony Falco)
Bruce Feinberg ... special thanks: Director, New York State Governor's Office For Motion Pictures And Television Development
Charles Gambetta ... special thanks (as Charlie Gambetta)
Gary Gersh ... special thanks
Marybeth Hagner ... special thanks (as Mary Beth Hagner)
Sonia Kalvert ... special thanks
Nancy Lund ... special thanks
Milton Maldonado ... special thanks: the Special Operations Division Unit Of The New York City Police Department (as Lt. Maldonado)
Bob Mastronardi ... special thanks
Ricardo Mazal ... special thanks
Lenny Messitte ... special thanks: Forest Hills High School
Lawrence Mestel ... special thanks (as Larry Mestel)
Alberto Montano ... special thanks
Peter Nichols ... special thanks
Tom O'Donnell Jr. ... special thanks
Alfred Pariser ... special thanks
John Penotti ... special thanks
Jane Raab ... special thanks
Lisa Rafel ... special thanks
Pat Scanlon ... special thanks (as Patricia Scanlon)
Craig Seti ... special thanks
Rea Ann Silva ... special thanks
Bryan Unger ... special thanks (as G. Bryan Unger)
Joe Violante ... special thanks (as Joey Violante)
Ben Whittaker ... special thanks
Melissa Zacker ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Mark Fleetwood

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Taglines The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist See more »
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Also Known As
  • Streets of New York (World-wide, English title)
  • Basketball Diaries (France)
  • Jim Carroll - In den Straßen von New York (Germany)
  • Diario de un rebelde (Spain)
  • Ritorno dal nulla (Italy)
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  • 102 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The guy Jim talks to in the underground drug den, is the real Jim Carroll. See more »
Goofs Although this movie is based on an autobiography of a person growing up in the 1960s, it appears that there has been no effort to portray that era in the movie. This is evidenced by the fashions, music, cars and backdrops used, none of which are from that era. The following items would be anachronisms if the movie were in fact set in the 1960s: - 1) only modern-era vehicles seen in outdoor scenes; - 2) numerous skyscrapers that didn't exist in background shots, including the Twin Towers; - 3) modern medical equipment used to treat cancer; - 4) Jim and Bobby are on post porn-littered 42nd Street and reminiscing about the time when the area was filled with adult businesses ... NYC mayor Giuliani had the district cleaned-up in the 1990's; - 5) Bobby refers to one porn movie with the title, The Sperminator, an obvious take from the 1984 blockbuster, The Terminator; - 6) A marquee sign in the background reports "Two US helicopters down over Iraq" in reference to the Gulf War in the early 1990's; - 7) During the basketball game where Jim and Mickey are too high to play, there are championship banners dated 1976 and 1988.; - 8) When the cops enter the ice cream store they are wearing 1990s style police uniforms. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Catholic Boy See more »
Quotes Jim Carroll: You're growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it's good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies... so we can dance.
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