Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13   |    |  Documentary, Drama, Sport

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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.




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Steve James


Steve James, Frederick Marx

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9 May 2002 | Agent10
| A true testament to the encroaching world of pro sports
This film simply exemplifies the reason why I hate most Oscar voters. This movie didn't even get a nomination, and it was one of the most successful documentaries ever! This especially exhibits the encroachment of coaches, family and other parties when it comes to the well being of inner city kids, who just happen to be good basketball players. Considering the state of pro basketball now, this kind of shows how the downward cycle of basketball was seeking lower standards. Sometimes funny, often times sad and poignant, this film is easily one of the best documentaries of all time.

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Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,396 16 October 1994

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