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FULL SYNOPSIS

This documentary about the aspirations of high-school basketball players from inner city Chicago won awards from the Sundance film festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Academy Award (Oscar) for best editing. Two young men are followed during their entire high-school career, beginning with their participation in playground games and ending with their being recruited by colleges. The obstacles these young men face include parental drug addiction, family poverty, and inner-city violence, as well as the usual obstacles that arise in competition, including physical injuries. While each aspires to leave the ghetto, there are many reasons to suppose they may not be able to, despite each beating the odds against them by winning college scholarships. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Haugse Best Editing 1994 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Steve James Audience Award 1993 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve James Best Editing 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frederick Marx Best Editing 1994 Nominee

Cast

Emma Gates
as Herself (William's mother)
Sheila Agee
as Herself (Arthur's mother)
Earl Smith
as Himself (Talent scout)
Gene Pingatore
as Himself (Coach)
Isiah Thomas
as Himself (Professional basketball player)
Dick Vitale
as Himself (Television sports commentator)
Spike Lee
as Himself (Film director)

Crew

Steve James
Director
Steve James
Producer
Peter Gilbert
Producer
Frederick Marx
Producer
Peter Gilbert
Cinematographer
Ben Sidran
Composer (Music Score)
Steve James
Editor
Frederick Marx
Editor
William Haugse
Editor
Gordon Quinn
Co-producer
Catherine Allan
Executive Producer
Edward Scott
Additional Cinematography
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