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Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Director: Steve James Cast: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2015
UPC: 0715515141314
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 754

Special Features

Two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, and one with the film's subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates; Life after "Hoop Dreams," a new documentary that catches up with Agee, Gates, and their families; Additional scenes; Collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert trackingthe acclaim for Hoop Dreams; Orginal 1994 music video for the film's theme song; Trailers; Plus: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Gates Himself
Arthur Agee Himself
Emma Gates Herself (William's mother)
Sheila Agee Herself (Arthur's mother)
Gene Pingatore 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
Ben Sidran Score Composer

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Hoop Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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............
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.
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