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Above the Rim

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Plot

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.1/10 (4,859 voted)

Director:
Jeff Pollack

Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon

Storyline
Story of Kyle-Lee Watson, a promising high school basketball star, and his relationships with Birdie, a powerful drug dealer, and Birdie's brother, Thomas 'Shep' Sheppard, himself once a promising high school star at Kyle's school, now employed as a security guard.

Writers: Jeff Pollack, Benny Medina

Cast:

Duane Martin

Kyle Lee Watson


Leon

Shep


Tupac Shakur

Birdie


David Bailey

Rollins


Tonya Pinkins

Mailika


Marlon Wayans

Bugaloo


Bernie Mac

Flip


Byron Minns

Monroe


Wood Harris

Motaw

(as Sherwin David Harris)


Shawn Michael Howard

Bobby


Henry Simmons

Starnes


Iris Little Thomas

Waitress


Michael Rispoli

Richie


Eric Nies

Montrose


Bill Rafferty

Himself

(as Bill Raftery)

Taglines:
Some games you play. Some games play you.

Release Date: 23 March 1994

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Gross: $16,036,534
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother although in real life, Tonya is only 3 years Duane's senior.

Goofs:

Continuity:
In the movie's first scene Shepard and Nutso are playing ball on a rooftop with a huge wall and glass window behind the basketball hoop. When Nutso falls off of the roof the wall completely disappears.

Quotes:

Shep:
You hear that Nutso? The boy here says he owes me. HE owes ME. Are we even? ARE WE EVEN? You don't owe me nothin. You owe yourself and ones who cared to get you here. Believe me. I know.



User Review

The most underrated basketball movie ever

Rating:

This movie deserves more credit then critics should give. This movie had an
all star cast as the up and coming Marlon Wayans,Tupac Shakur,Leon,Duane
Martin,Henry Simmons,Bernie Mac,and the lovely Tonya Pinkins. Each actor
played their part magnificiently and it was hip,touching,and realistic. The
beginning was a little off when Leon dreamed of his best friend's death and
then focused mainly on Duane Martin's basketball skills,and him trying to
get into Georgetown University. Marlon Wayans was the comic relief in the
film who's been released from prison. Bernie Mac was the homeless man who
was interested in basketball but never made it. Tupac was the ruthless
street hustler and the coach of a dirty playing basketball team. There were
other former R&B stars who starred in the movie but only had small parts. To
wrap it up in a nutshell Above the rim to me is one of the most memorable
urban basketball movies I've ever saw.