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Faded Dreams (2007)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 July 2007 (USA)
Young basketball star Dan Milano has all the makings of a pro player -- talent, skill and determination. But as he sets out to make his dream come true, Dan learns that in the world of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danilo Mancinelli Danilo Mancinelli ... Dan Milano
Art Aroustamian ... Robert Milano
Mark Norris Mark Norris ... Todd Parker
Carol O'Neal Carol O'Neal ... Josie Milano
Wes C. Martin Wes C. Martin ... Stan Weber
Allen Wilkerson Allen Wilkerson ... Mel Atkins
Brion Rose Brion Rose ... Larry Clark
Anthony W. Preston ... Dante Milano (as Anthony William)
Retta Putignano ... Marianne Milano (as Marietta Putignano)
Ed Dyer ... Bob Hanks
Janelle Dote Janelle Dote ... Julie
Kirk Bowman Kirk Bowman ... Tom Newton
Chris Divecchio ... Ralph Mason
David Karmann David Karmann ... Jimmy Drake
Clinton Lewis Clinton Lewis ... Adrian 'Smoothy'


Young basketball star Dan Milano has all the makings of a pro player -- talent, skill and determination. But as he sets out to make his dream come true, Dan learns that in the world of professional basketball, talent only gets you so far. Based on a true story, this telling drama exposes the politics and corruption that run rampant in organized sports. Written by Anonymous

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basketball | politics | kiss | sweat | sex | See All (16) »


One player's incredible journey through high school and college basketball. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


Not Rated


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Release Date:

27 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Foul Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Director, Danilo Mancinelli, wanted mostly wide shots of the actors dunking, so the audience can see that they were really dunking on 10 foot rims and not trying to edit around it like most other basketball movies where the actors have little to no athletic ability. See more »

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Disjointed, Incoherent, and Cliché-Ridden
25 March 2009 | by curtmcleySee all my reviews

I don't want to be unduly heavy handed, but even for an indie effort, this movie is as bad as I've seen awhile. The acting performances, script, music, editing, but especially the writing were just horrible.

The only thing about the film that was even close to believable was the skill of the players, though the game segments were hokey, hokey, hokey. There weren't any NBA quality players, but some of the players were skilled enough for college play, more than we might say for the script.

Sadly, the screenplay was disjointed as a broken press. It was full of clichés, lacked direction, coherence, and focus. The casting choices were laughable, with apparent thirty year-olds attempting to pass as teenagers. Danilo Mancinelli has some potential as an actor, but the rest of the characters were amateurish as a YMCA team.

Even with all of these negative components, I might have been inspired to offer a positive comment about the movie's heart or intent, but the film was delivered so disjointedly, that I couldn't discern any of that. The main character often seemed likable, but intermittently uttered inane, shallow, dismissive comments that indicated a lack of critical thinking, nuance, and consistency of character.

One of the major problems with the script is that characters were written as arbitrary and/or capricious (the coaches). There are certainly bad people in the world, but even apparently bad people usually do things for their own reasons. As written, we were forced to simply assume the characters were unfair simply because the protagonist didn't get his way. My experience in sports and in life is that if the same thing consistently happens to the same person, the problem tends to be within, not without. To be believable, a film must offer more of an explanation than, "because the script said so."

I admire the effort of anybody that jumps into the pool rather than sunning themselves on the sidelines. Still, a future effort cannot elevate without listening to sincere, candid criticism. I wish all those associated with the film future success.

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