The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R   |    |  Biography, Crime, Drama


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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.


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24 August 2006 | david_samuel_vardy
10
| Every teenaged kid should watch this film!
If the U.S. government wanted to win the "war on drugs", all they had to do was show this film in every high school in America ... a lot cheaper than running the D.E.A., I reckon. There are other films which could fit into this group; "Midnight Express" comes to mind. During the short time that I spent living in Toronto, I saw a shocking number of people whose lives were destroyed by drugs. I believe that the real root of the drug pandemic lies in the fact that young people don't understand the nature of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin. I take my hat off to Leo. He is a much better actor than people give him credit for being.

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$765,335 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$2,381,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,402,438

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