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The Basketball Diaries Details


Very loosely based on the memoir of the same name, The Basketball Diaries transposes the late '60s adolescence of writer/artist Jim Carroll to some unspecified time period at least 15 years later, further confusing the timeframe with three decades of rock music, some by Carroll himself. Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his Catholic school chums are on the hottest basketball team in New York, but their friend Bobby (Michael Imperioli) languishes in the hospital with leukemia. In-between typically boyish adventures, Jim scribbles in his notebook and experiments with sex and drugs. His group of friends begins to disintegrate after coach Swifty (Bruno Kirby) not only makes a pass at Jim, but also catches him and his pals using drugs on the court and kicks them off the team. Out of school and on the streets, Jim turns tricks, betrays friends, robs stores, and deals drugs to feed his heroin addiction. Not even the efforts of former addict Reggie (Ernie Hudson) can cure Jim. Mark Wahlberg appears as one of Jim's basketball and drug buddies, while Carroll himself makes a memorable cameo as an addict who describes the almost Catholic rituals of shooting heroin. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Jim Carroll
Jimmy Papiris
as Iggy
Bruno Kirby
as Swifty
Nick Gaetani
as Referee
Lorraine Bracco
as Jim's Mother
Alexander Gaberman
as Bobo
Ernie Hudson
as Reggie Porter
Patrick McGaw
as Neutron
Akiko Ashley
as Stripper
Juliette Lewis
as Diane Moody
Cynthia Daniel
as Winkie
Brittany Daniel
as Blinkie
Lawrence Barth
as Referee #2
Gary Iorio
as Policeman
John Hoyt
as Billy the Bartender
Manny Siverio
as Pino
Vincent Pastore
as Construction Worker
Manny Alfaro
as Manny
Doc Dougherty
as Policeman
Roy Cooper
as Father McNulty
James Madio
as Pedro
Josh Mostel
as Counterman
Barton Heyman
as Confessional Priest
Marilyn Sokol
as Chanting Woman
Toby Huss
as Kenny
Mark Wahlberg
as Mickey
Michael Rapaport
as Skinhead
Michael Imperioli
as Bobby
John Vennema
as Mr Rubin


Scott Kalvert
Kathie Hersch
Liz Heller
Paul Hellerman
John Bard Manulis
Bryan Goluboff
David Phillips
Graeme Revell
Composer (Music Score)
Karyn Rachtman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dana Congdon
Dan Genetti
Executive Producer
Chris Blackwell
Executive Producer
Harriet Zucker
Set Designer
David C. Robinson
Costume Designer
William Sarokin
Sound/Sound Designer
Jim McConkey
Camera Operator
Phil Oetiker
Camera Operator
Jon Rothstein
Todd Michael
Bob Colletti
Jay Carrado
David Shumbris
Don Hewitt, Sr.
Avy Kaufman
Victor Iorillo
Supervising Sound Editor
Kathie Hersch
Line Producer
Lisa Katcher
Script Supervisor
Shane Shemko
Foley Artist
Bill Mellow
Foley Recordist
Byron Crystal
Extra Casting
Diana Schmidt
Unit Production Manager
Cam Wagner
Foley Artist
Diane Hammond
Steve Kirshoff
Special Effects Coordinator
Jim McConkey
Steadicam Operator
Charlie Marroquin
Dolly Grip
Eddy Collyns
Location Manager
Joe Schwartz
Assistant Sound Editor
Michele Giordano
Production Coordinator
Tim Sternberg
First Assistant Editor
Alan Wolfe
First Assistant Camera
Gary Martone
Key Grip
Andrew Saxe
Assistant Location Manager
Paul DiBartolo
Musical Performer
Trish Adlesic
Assistant Location Manager
Verne Caruso
Hair Styles
Jeffrey Perkins
Re-Recording Mixer