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The Basketball Diaries [DVD]

The Basketball Diaries

directorScott Kalvert



Running Time102 Minutes


"Electrifying! A bust out star performance!"- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Stunning! DiCaprio is a latter day James Dean."- Janet Maslin, New York Times

Basketball Diaries trailer:

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach (“Swifty”) who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin — all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim “picked up a game” now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity.

With an all-star cast lead by Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, The Departed), Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights), Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Ernie Hudson (Oz), and Bruno Kirby.

Featuring Music By:
Jim Carroll
Pearl Jam
PJ Harvey
The Cult
The Doors
Green Apple Quick Stop
The Posies
Graeme Revell
Massive Internal Complications
The Jim Carroll Band
Rockers HiFi

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