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)
Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon
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
Kyle Lee Watson
(as Sherwin David Harris)
Shawn Michael Howard
Iris Little Thomas
(as Bill Raftery)
Some games you play. Some games play you.
Release Date: 23 March 1994
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Did You Know?
Tonya Pinkins played Duane Martin's mother although in real life, Tonya is only 3 years Duane's senior.
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.
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.
The most underrated basketball movie ever
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.