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Above the Rim
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A hot prospect threatens his college career by playing in a high stakes street basketball tournament. Starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur and Marlon Wayans. Year: 1994 Director: Jeff Pollack Starring: Duane Martin Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans

This rousing basketball drama centers around Tommy "Shep" Sheppard (Leon), a former high school basketball star now haunted by the accidental death of his best friend, and Kyle Watson (Duane Martin), an arrogant high school player in danger of slipping into crime. Though Shep avoids commitment in his life as a security guard, his attraction to Kyle's mother (Tonya Pinkins) draws him out of his protective shell--but Kyle is more interested in mentorship from Shep's gangster brother Birdie (Tupac Shakur). Above the Rim is melodramatic but played with grit and energy by a solid cast, particularly Shakur. Writer-director Jeff Pollack keeps the story moving and gives the characters enough spin to rescue them from being clich¨¦s; the result is engaging despite its formulas. Also featuring Bernie Mac and Marlon Wayans. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Exclusive interviews, highlights, and behind the scenes coverage
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  • Presented in full-screen digital video

Customer Reviews:

  • A great movie!!!!!
    This movie,Above the rim,is a great basketball movie that combines the thrill of basketball and life in the inner city.This movie was an awsome movie that kept me on the edge of my seat.I rate this movie 4 stars only because of an insuficiant story line.In closing this movie is a great basketball movie that teachs you how life really is on the streets when your a star....more info
  • THA BEST MOVIE EVA!!
    YO DIS IS MY FAVOURITE MOVIE & NE1 SHOULD B ABLE 2 C WHY. ITS GOT FANTASTIC ACTORS, DUANE MARTIN'S REALLY SWEET, THE GUY WHO PLAYS BUGALOO'S DED FUNI & 2PAC IS MY FAVOURITE ACTOR NEWAY. IT HAS A GREAT STORY LINE. IT'S SIMPLE BUT IT WORKS LIKE ... ITS BASICALLY A MORAL STORY, A CASE OF DOIN WHAT'S RIGHT, DOIN THINGS 4URSELF. I PERSONALLY DON'T THINK LEON HELPED KYLE LIKE AT ALL. HE DECIDED HIMSELF NOT 2 RUN WITH BIRDIE AFTA BUGALOO TOLD HIM HE'D CUT UP FLIP. THERE WAS LOADZA FUNI BITS IN DIS FILM. THE FUNIEST WAS LEON. DOES NE1 ELSE THINK HE LOOKS REALLY EVIL&SINISTER? ... ME & MY BEST FRIEND LAUGHED SO HARD WATCHIN THAT GUY.
    THIS REALLY IS THA BEST FILM EVA!! THE COACH IS REALLY FUNI. C THA BIT WHEN LEON WANTS 2 PLAY &PAC PICKS UP SUM PAPER & IT HITS THE COACH IN THE FACE!! KYLE'S FRIEND BOBBY HAS AN ANT HEAD!!BIRDIE'S RIGHT-HAND MAN HAS A GIRL'S LAUGH.

    I HOPE THIS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VIEW A DA FILM HELPS U. I LUV IT IN A SERIOUS WAY BUT ALSO COS IT ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH. I CAN WATCH THIS AGAIN& AGAIN & NEVA GET BORED. EVRY TIME I SEE SUMTHIN NEW. ITS IS THE PERFECT FILM & HAS EVRYTHIN I LUV IN IT INCLUDIN THA BEST IN MUSIC. 2PAC -'PAIN' & WARREN G&NATE DOGG -'REGULATE' R 2 OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS A ALL TIME & DAY BOTH IN IT. ...

    U REALLY HAVE GOTA C THIS FILM AT LEAST ONCE IN UR LIFE BUT I CAN GUARENTEE U DAT WON'T B ENOUGH!!!...more info

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    Well, here's a movie I didn't want to see at all (I loathe basketball), but I enjoyed it very much. Two actors to watch who are very charismatic - Leon and Tupac Shakur (whose murder robbed the screen of a very fine talent). The former exudes a quiet power reminiscent of Lawrence Fishberne; the latter has amazing eyes with incredibly curly lashes. Another note: I haven't seen a movie that looked this sharp and clear, whose colors were crisp and bright, in many a year. And the basketball shots during the "tournament"! Wow! What editing! Whoever did that really knew his stuff. The story was fairly hokey - good guy, bad guy, competing for the young basketball whiz, and fairly predictable. I did think his overblown jealousy of his mom dating Leon a little too too. But Shakur's portrayal of the local king-pin was very effective. He actually seemed friendly and OK, but the menace below was subtly done. I have seen him before in "Poetic Justice". ...more info
  • Kinda Generic
    "Above the Rim" is about the city game of basketball, played on asphalt in a rough, physical style, where the rewards are status and glory in the neighborhood. It was shot on location in Harlem, and especially at Rucker's Playground, a legendary court where, in the 1970s, visiting stars like Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving would drop by to play with the local heroes.

    The movie moves the action up to the present and tells the story of a high school basketball whiz named Kyle (Duane Martin) who has attracted the attention of top college scouts. A Georgetown recruiter has been in the stands for several games. Kyle dreams of someday playing in the NBA and waits anxiously for a letter of intent from Georgetown, which doesn't come - maybe because, in an attempt to impress the scout, he's been hogging the ball and taking unwise shots.

    Parallel to high school basketball, but in a world of its own, is the neighborhood Shoot-Out, a tournament held at Rucker's Playground with teams sponsored by local merchants, including drug dealers. Kyle plans to play for a team run by his school coach. But then his best friend, Bugaloo (Marlon Wayans), talks him into visiting a club run by the sinister Birdie (Tupac Shakur), and the kid is seduced by its shabby glamor into agreeing to play for Birdie's team.

    This is not a wise move. Birdie is a drug dealer, and that's a fact well-known to the tall, silent Shep (Leon), a former Rucker's star who moved out of town but is now back as a security guard at the high school. Shep was once friendly with Kyle's mother (Tonya Pinkins), and now, as they begin to see each other again, he tries to guide Kyle in the direction of college, and away from the superficial glories of the Shoot-Out.

    The movie climaxes, of course, with the big Shoot-Out game, and with a violent surprise that I found less than likely. But that's not really what it's about. It's more about the dreams of poor black kids to use their basketball skills as a ticket out of the inner city.

    This is an elusive dream, as the brilliant Chicago-based documentary "Hoop Dreams" demonstrates. Only a tiny percentage of high school stars ever play in college, let alone in the NBA. But kids like Kyle can't help hoping. And both Shep and his mother point out that education, not the NBA ticket, is the real reason to go to school.

    The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances - especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins - are convincing. We get a sense of the daily rhythm of the character's lives, and for a drama, the movie finds room for a surprising amount of humor, especially in the dialogue.

    The movie, directed by Jeff Pollack, was co-written by Pollack and Barry Michael Cooper, who wrote the poetic and evocative Wesley Snipes drama "Sugar Hill." In both films Cooper has a strong interest in family, in how extended support networks can fill some of the gaps left by the disintegration of the traditional family unit.

    Here Kyle is a kid in a lot of potential trouble, but also with a lot of good support.

    My complaint about the movie is that the plot goes on automatic pilot in creating the character of Birdie. The neighborhood drug dealer is such a standard cliche by now that it's almost as if they plugged him into the movie as a shortcut to a villain. Shakur plays him well, and he makes a satisfactory bad guy, but the subliminal message is that drugs are where the money is. The movie could have come up with more original choices. ...more info
  • Great movie!
    Above The Rim is a great movie with outstanding acting by all the characters as well as a great plot. I'm sure many people will enjoy this movie. Check it out!...more info
  • Best Movie I Have Ever Seen
    This movie has everything you could want in a movie,Came out in 1994 and I still watch it a lot.This movie is something that you can relate to no matter who you are.Even if you don't like basketball you should get this movie.Pac does his best acting in this movie and Duane Martin does great acting too,Get this!...more info
  • AUTHENTIC 2PAC!!!
    This movie portray's 2pac in his most natural state(a thug) than any other movie he's been in. I mean, case and point, the one scene when he pulled the razor blade out of his mouth at the cemetary while telling his brother "It's amazing what you pick up", now that's a thug at his greatest!!!...more info
  • Very good movie!
    I really enjoyed this movie, a top urban film no doubt however it wont make it to the top of that list because of some slow parts. Even the slow parts however couldn't stop me from rating this a 5 out of 5. If you enjoyed this movie I suggest buying the movie "Fresh" from Amazon.com and check it out. Fresh is alot better and probably the greatest movie I have ever seen. But Above the Rim is very good too, what lacked in Above the Rim was the Rawness. It was a studio type movie, if they used some different angles or Spike Lee type directing this movie could have been up there with the great movies of all time. It had the plot, the actors where great..if only the direction was better. But even with all that, it is still a very good movie!...more info
  • another classic that was almost as good as juice Joe Brown
    this is tupac's other good movie 4 those of u question tupac's acting ability tupac does it once again this time as a street wealthy gangsta more calm and smoother than his outragerous character n juice n da movie, he has a older brother leon (known as shep) they r both different from each other and both lost a family member with da scene showning both of their at da graveyard togehter marlon wayans did surprisingly good acting considering that he is usually a comedian n most of his movies but n above da rim he was funny but yet serious at da sametime duane martin delivers a very good 2 considerly great performance who needs more roles he does both comedy and serious actin and rumor had it that he once play n da nba 4 a short period of time 4 da ny knicks bernie mac acted well and was funny at da sametime this movie he played a drugholic who lived out n da streets I love da soundtrack 2 da movie from Warren G and Nate Dogg which is one of da best soundtrack songs i have ever heard ...more info
  • amazing
    Leon n Duane were awesome. by far da best movie ive ever seen. if u liked juice and he got game this is the movie 4 u....more info
  • HOT!
    This movie was off the hook if you like rap and like to ball this is the movie to get tupac was a true thug and had everybody shook this movie can be described in one word HOT!...more info
  • This is the real s( )t (My name is O.I)
    This is the best sports movie ever, tied with Any Given Sunday. This movie was really melodramatic, and had excellent actors, like Duane Martin, Tupac, MArlon Wayans, that dude named Leon, and Bernie Mac. This movie was really violent and at the same time dramatic. My favorite character was Birdie (Tupac Shakur). Trust me, if you are thinking about getting this movie, get it. It is very good for all men to watch out there, and plus, get the soundtrack along with it. It is a classic, g-funk, rap album that is my favorite soundtrack, and I'm sure yall will like it to. ...more info
  • Tupac's tha man
    well,I expected mutch from this one.I tought it was something like boys 'n the hood,New Jack City and don't be a menace.But no,it was just a boring basketball movie.About a teenager who grows up in a bad hood.The only thing I liked in this movie was Tupac.With out him the movie would have been really stupid....more info
  • tight
    this movie is tight.Duane Martin and Tupac look so good in it.If you liked Juice and any movies Tupac is in then you will like this on to.Leon was the bomb in this movie....more info
  • Above the rim is above the rest
    With the Passing of Actor, Rapper, Tu Pac Shakur we may never know how great his acting could have gotten. In this 1994 memorable performance he puts in a chemistry that connects well to his story.This movie may have one of the simplest storylines about basketball honor but it is really a metaphor for deeper issues. Kyle played well by Duayne Martin is a high school basketball great who needs more coaching than his coach can handle because most of his needs are off the court. Shep (Leon) is a former high school great who never made the big leagues beacause he was accused of killing his brother during a one on one game on a roof. Shep taunted his brother for not being near the player he was but obviously never intended manslaughter. The interesting piece is that Shep has a mental block and cannot move past this incident. He even seems to be in severe depression. Kyle needs coaching and Shep needs to be needed. Seems simple. Not so fast! In comes Birdie played by Tu Pac who is livid when his living big brother Shep returns to bury their dead mother and wants no part of his underworld ways. Birdies influence is more effective on Kyle than Shep, But that's about to change! Good perfomances by Marlon Waynans, Kyles friend Bugaloo and Bernie Mac the bumb in the park, Flip. Good Soundtrack. The movie moves fast but keys in on more than just jumpers and foul shots. This is not a movie about basketball rather a basketball movie about people with zeal, integrity, emptiness and anti social behavior. Some characters have more than one trait. Some have more than one flaw. While watching this one you'll want to see where everyone ends up....more info
  • YEAH!
    This movie is really fat!! 2Pac is Great, and Marlon Wayans too!! I dont remember the name of the principal Actor, but he's very good to!! This is not just a BasketBall movie, there's a really good story, even if you dont like BasketBall, see tha movie, cuz youll love it anyway! And if you like BasketBall, you going to love it too!...more info
  • Above the rim
    This was a good movie when it came out. I don't own it I just saw it back in the day so, I don't know why Amazon asks me to review it. Maybe they know I keep it real on the reviews. Anyway, it's a good movie, I'd pick it up if I were considering it. It's got 2 Pac in it and that dude Dwayne Martin. Enjoy...NEOSOUL06...more info