Hoop Dreams

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Hoop Dreams
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Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.
Title: Hoop dreams
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2005.
Edition: Filmmaker-approved special ed. standard format.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (36 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)
Notes: Special features: optional audio commentary with Agee & Gates; optional audio commentary with Gilbert, James & Marx; 6 segments from "Siskel & Ebert" about the film (15 min.); Tony M. music video for the film's theme song (3 min.); 2 theatrical trailers.
Booklet includes 3 essays ("Serious game" by historian John Edgar Wideman, "Getting in the home" by sports writer Alexander Wolff & "Looking back at broken dreams : film's key players have moved on" by journalist Michael Wise), dedication by the filmmakers, and filmmaker bios (for James, Marx, Gilbert, & co-producer Gordon Quinn).
Summary: Follows the high school careers of two young, African-American men from inner-city Chicago as they pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13.
Terms Of Use: "Unauthorized public performance, broadcasting, or copying is a violation of applicable laws"--Container.
Local Note: 6 15 53 54 62 63 65 71 72 73 74 76 79 109 118 122 148 172 210 211 231 242 262
ISBN: 9781559409582
Statement of Responsibility: Fine Line Features [presents] ; a production of Kartemquin Films and KTCA Public Television ; produced by Frederick Marx, Steve James, Peter Gilbert ; directed by Steve James
Credits: Director of photography, Peter Gilbert ; edited by Frederick Marx, Steve James, Bill Haugse ; narrator, Steve James.
Performers: Arthur Agee, William Gates.
Event: Originally filmed between 1989-1994.
Original Version: Originally released as a documentary film in 1994.
System Details: DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital stereo.
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Subject Headings: Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions. Inner cities Illinois Chicago Case studies. African American basketball players Illinois Chicago Biography.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Nonfiction films.
Biographical films.
Sports films.
Documentary films.
Topical Term: Inner cities
African American basketball players
Publisher No: CC1610D
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Jul 20, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It is a very well made documentary at least that i used to LOVE actually.However,in 2014 i now realize that this very slick documentary is really nothing more than just another modern day slavery promotion at best for black boys only to destroy their bodies and significantly shorten their lifespans for DEEPLY RACIST NBA slave masters for $ period.To all my much younger brothers from other mothers worldwide,USE YOUR BRAINS,NOT YOUR BODIES,TO EARN $ PERIOD,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a documentary about the aspirations of high-school basketball players from inner city Chicago. It follows two high school boys named William Gates and Arthur Agee. Though both boys are in very different situations financially and family wise, they share the same emotional pain and success. William is instantly put onto the high school varsity team and his skills as one of the best players are evident. It seems as if William has a chance to be as good as he wants to. With the help of his brother, a former player, and his demanding coach, William finds success on the basketball court. As his career progresses William is faced with obstacles that may jeopardize his whole future. On the other hand, Arthur Agee starts of on the freshman team at the same school at William, but soon finds he is unable to cope with the financial demands of the school. Arthur goes back to attend the public school near his house to chase his basketball dreams. While trying to avoid the dangers in his life, Arthur is determined to use the game of basketball to achieve his goals. The two boys are transformed into young men throughout the documentary. Life altering decisions and college recruiting show the different qualities of each boy and how they deal with certain situations. This documentary gives a great insight on how student athletes think and how they must make the right choices in life.

Feb 02, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Dated docudrama about two of the top high school basketball prospects in Chicago. Shows their lives, on and off the court, for all 4 years of high school. This was fascinating. However, I'd love to see this done now with widespread internet and social media. Really felt dated.


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