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Hoop Dreams (1994)

DIRECTOR Steve James
STARS William Gates, Arthur Agee

This should-have-been-Oscar-nominated masterpiece still pulls hard on the heartstrings as it chronicles the efforts of young high school basketball stars to reach the next level of the sport despite the odds stacked against them. Neither of its two young stars, William Gates and Arthur Agee, achieved their goal of NBA glory, and both have seen close family members murdered since the film was made, a reminder of the violent world they'd hoped to escape, but both have achieved plenty in the ensuing 25 years. It's a happy-ish ending to a film that sees Agee and Gates fall just short of emulating their great hero, NBA superstar Isiah Thomas.
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Basketball
THE TEAM
St. Joseph High School basketball team
DOCUMENTARY?
Yes, 250 hours of footage edited down to three hours of gripping cinema.
DEFINING MOMENT
The film's closing moments. "When somebody says, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me'," says Gates, forlornly facing up to life outside the big leagues, "I should say to them: 'If I don't make it, are you gonna forget about me?'"
KEY TACTICS
Tenacity and talent.
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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