Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

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Director: Steve James
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Barnes & Noble - Charles Salzberg
This much-celebrated documentary from 1994 follows the life of William Gates and Arthur Agee, two young Chicago basketball players who share the familiar dream of college scholarships and eventual NBA stardom. Pruned from 250 hours of footage, the riveting 3-hour film spans five years in the lives of these young black men, starting as they prepare to enter St. Joseph's, the predominantly white Catholic high school that helped shape NBA legend Isiah Thomas. Examining the pressures and the incredibly long odds facing even créme-de-la-créme athletes, director Steve James artfully balances the triumphs and suspense with pathos -- including Arthur Agee's return to a high school in the inner city. Although there's more than enough exciting basketball footage, James and his cowriter Frederick Marx, capture their most dramatic moments in Gates and Agee's off-the-court experiences. For anyone lured by the extraordinary highs of the sporting life, Hoop Dreams emphasizes that the lows can be just as significant. It's easy to see why this remarkable film provoked a huge outcry when it failed to receive an Academy Award nomination in the Documentary category: No other film has ever explored this triumphant and heartaching court of dreams.
All Movie Guide
The celebrated documentary from director Steve James, Hoop Dreams follows two young boys trying to take their basketball game from the inner-city streets of Chicago to the NBA. Tackling issues of racism, politics, and the dangerous power of hope, the film stands out as a complex and astute examination of the African-American experience. With the all-powerful image of Michael Jordan presiding over the film, Hoop Dreams exposes the way in which basketball has become the dominant force in the lives of so many African-American young men, who rely on their athletic skills to rise above the poverty surrounding them in a society that values only what these boys can do on the court. The film brilliantly elucidates a journey of lost innocence where the casualties of a game mean much more than simply losing on the court.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
UPC:
0715515016025
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:51:00

Special Features

Two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Peter Gilbert, Steve James, and Frederick Marx, and one with stars Arthur Agee and William Gates; Segments of Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams; Original music video; Theatrical trailers; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Plus: a 40-page booklet featuring new essays by cultural historian John Edgar Wideman and Sports Illustrated senior writer Alexander Wolff; Michael Wise's 2004 Washington Post follow-up article; and a dedication by the filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William "Pop" Gates Actor
William Gates Himself
Arthur Agee Himself
Emma Gates Herself (William's mother)
Sheila Agee Herself (Arthur's mother)
Gene Pingatore Actor,Himself (Coach)
Earl Smith Himself (Talent scout)
Isaiah D. Thomas Himself (Professional basketball player)
Dick Vitale Himself (Television sports commentator)
Kevin O'Neill Himself (Marquette University head basketball coach)
Bobby Knight Himself (Indiana University head basketball coach)
Spike Lee Himself (Film director)

Technical Credits
Steve James Director,Editor,Producer
Catherine Allan Executive Producer
Peter Gilbert Cinematographer,Producer
William Haugse Editor
Frederick Marx Editor,Producer
Gordon Quinn Co-producer,Executive Producer
Ben Sidran Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. William and Arthur, Age 14 [4:25]
2. Earl Smith, Talent Scout [3:17]
3. Isiah Thomas's High School [3:05]
4. Family Dreams [2:21]
5. Freshman Year [7:06]
6. Playing for the Chargers [3:24]
7. Scholarships and Promises [7:18]
8. "Keep Your Kids Close to You" [1:19]
9. William's Brother Curtis [4:16]
10. Man's Mom and Dad [2:01]
11. Getting to the Pros [2:32]
12. Junior Year [5:27]
13. Making Ends Meet [2:29]
14. "I Just Wanted This One to Make It" [2:48]
15. Arthur at Home and on the Court [4:37]
16. Changes in William's Life [4:33]
17. Back in the Game [8:52]
18. Fathers and Sons [5:47]
19. Balance Due [4:55]
20. Summer Camp [6:42]
21. Senior Year [3:04]
22. Marquette Pays a Visit [2:18]
23. Arthur's 18th Birthday [2:29]
24. Pingatore and Bedford [2:54]
25. "My Ticket out of the Ghetto" [4:12]
26. Life Cycle of the Butterfly [4:07]
27. Sheila's Dream [2:19]
28. Arthur's on a Roll [2:34]
29. Earl Smith Shows Up [3:28]
30. Last Chance for William [2:53]
31. Bucking the Odds [5:47]
32. Up Against King [2:36]
33. Heading Downstate [7:36]
34. Mineral Area Junior College [9:13]
35. "Let It Rain" [4:46]
36. Final Words for Pingatore [2:12]
37. Graduation [5:12]
38. "I Think He's Gonna Make It" [5:08]
39. Epilogue/Closing Credits [3:54]
40. Color Bars [7:13]
1. First Review [4:04]
2. Best of 1994 [1:50]
3. Memo to the Academy [2:34]
4. "Snubbed" [3:25]
5. Academy Announces Reforms [1:40]
6. Scorsese and Ebert [1:40]

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Hoop Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are someone who gets inspired by stories of people who have a lot of depth, lots of obstacles and lots of dreams and determination and grit then you'll love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this documentary inspires me so much.i wacthed it about 50 times and im still gon watch it. Im inspired by those 2 players............
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