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Year
1994
Runtime
170 min.
Director
Steve James
Genres
Drama, Sport, Documentary
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
17,433
Checks
6,434
Favs
545
Dislikes
22
Favs/checks
8.5% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
25:1
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  1. MKej's avatar

    MKej

    Great!
    Boyhood the real version
    5 years 7 months ago
  2. dchauvin's avatar

    dchauvin

    It’s pure documentary, it’s a time capsule for a period of time for two young men that typify the ambitions of a generation.

    Full review: https://medium.com/@davidchauvin/spike-lee-s-essential-films-slef-episode-6-hoop-dreams-1994-530b3b452cb8#.eymadiap3

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    4 years 4 months ago
  3. frankqb's avatar

    frankqb

    While the production elements such as music, voice over etc., show their age, the story itself is deeply engrossing even for non-basketball fans. The filmmakers spend so much time with their two protagonists and capture such surprisingly intimate moments of their young basketball careers that we care about every jump-shot and hold our collective breath as the ball bounces around the rim teetering between in and out.

    While not the most important documentary ever made, it does seem to be the one that digs most deeply into its characters.

    8.75/10
    8 years 1 month ago
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  1. This movie ranks #16 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #25 in IMDb's Documentary Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #38 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
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  4. This movie ranks #39 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
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  5. This movie ranks #82 in Spike Lee's Essential List of Films for Filmmakers
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  6. This movie ranks #104 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
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  7. This movie ranks #136 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #311 in The Criterion Collection
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  9. This movie ranks #385 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  10. This movie ranks #436 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  11. This movie ranks #444 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  12. This movie ranks #452 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  13. This movie ranks #871 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  14. This movie ranks #903 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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