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The Basketball Diaries

The Basketball Diaries
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Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carrolls epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jims life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his ...
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  • SKU: 0660200310028
  • ISBN-10: 555899035X
  • Brand: Team Marketing
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Media: DVD
  • Quantity Available: 1
  • Status: Available for Immediate Shipment
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Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carrolls epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jims 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 Jims dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mothers mounting concern for her son. He cant 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.

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The pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jim Carroll, the poet and musician who spent much of his adolescence addicted to heroin and shooting hoops with fellow Catholic high school kids. As a biography, the film doesnt amount to more than the sum of its gritty scenes of smack use, violence, perversions (poor Bruno Kirby plays a lecherous coach who comes on to young Jim), and the usual scream-and-puke dramas that go along with a cold-turkey session. Director Scott Kalvert doesnt seem to realize that most people dont know who Carroll is and therefore cant possibly understand why they should care about his gutterball youth. DiCaprio, having nowhere to go with his performance but maintain Carrolls tailspin, is boring and redundant. Some kind of allusion to the literary and rock and roll life that follows the mess were watching might have been helpful.

Item Details
  • SKU : 0660200310028
  • ISBN-10 : 555899035X
  • Media : DVD
  • Rated : R (Restricted)
  • Status : 1 on hand
Other Details
  • Formats : Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
  • Rated : R (Restricted)
  • Run Time : 102 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
  • Region Code : 1
  • Color : Multi
  • Release Date : 2004-10-19
  • Categories : Movies
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