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Year
1994
Runtime
170 min.
Director
Steve James
Genres
Drama, Sport, Documentary
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
17,433
Checks
6,127
Favs
523
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
8.5% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
23:1
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Top comments

  1. 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
    6 years 6 months ago
  2. MKej's avatar

    MKej

    Great!
    Boyhood the real version
    3 years 11 months ago
  3. 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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    2 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #16 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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  2. This movie ranks #36 in Documentary
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  3. This movie ranks #38 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
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  4. This movie ranks #82 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
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  5. This movie ranks #104 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
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  6. This movie ranks #135 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  7. This movie ranks #311 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #399 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  9. This movie ranks #436 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  10. This movie ranks #444 in National Film Registry
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  11. This movie ranks #509 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  12. This movie ranks #871 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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