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The Basketball Diaries
- Leonardo Dicaprio

Overview - Based on the autobiographical journals of poet Jim Carroll, BASKETBALL DIARIES follows the descent of a Catholic high school student from star basketball player to drug addict. Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his friends roam the streets of New York City as goof-offs, petty thieves, and junkies.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Based on the autobiographical journals of poet Jim Carroll, BASKETBALL DIARIES follows the descent of a Catholic high school student from star basketball player to drug addict. Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his friends roam the streets of New York City as goof-offs, petty thieves, and junkies. Expelled from school for using drugs before a game, Jim is also thrown out of his house and takes up street hustling. A pre-superstardom DiCaprio gives a strong performance in this gritty and uncompromising look at being young and streetwise.

Cast List

Bruno Kirby - American Film and Television Actor
B. Kirby Jr. - American Film and Television Actor
Bruce Kirby Jr. - American Film and Television Actor
Lorraine Bracco - Italian American Film and Television Actress, THE SOPRANOS
Ernie Hudson - American actor, GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
Juliette Lewis - American Actress, NATURAL BORN KILLERS
Brittany Daniel - Actress
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Scott Kalvert - Director/"Basketball..."
Jim Carroll - SINGER/SONGWRITER
Michael Imperioli - American actor, THE SOPRANOS
Brian Goluboff - Screenwriter, THE BASKETBALL DIARIES (1995)
Mark Wahlberg - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,
Marky Mark - American actor, BOOGIE NIGHTS,

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 660200310028
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Coming Of Age
True Story
Self-Discovery
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
New York City

 
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Notes:
Excerpts of Jim Carroll's book "The Basketball Diaries" first appeared in "The Paris Review" in 1970. The book was published in 1978. Jim Carroll's song "People Who Died" was a New Wave hit in the early 1980s. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Additional credits: Kathie Hersch (line producer); Diana D. Schmidt (unit production manager); David C. Dean, Robert C. Albertell (assistant directors); David C. Robinson (costume design); Verne Caruso (hairstylist); Joshua Wingett (music editor); Billy Gottlieb (music co-ordinator).

Reviews:
"...DiCaprio is electrifying....A wild ride fueled by profane wit and hallucinatory power..." - 03/23/1995 Rolling Stone, p.127-8


"...[The film] pulsates as an early-'60s time capsule..." - 04/21/1995 USA Today, p.7D


"...Energetic....A glimpse of the great actor Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be." - 04/21/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.39


"...[DiCaprio delivers] a game, highly emotional performance that further confirms previous indications of a major talent..." - 02/06/1995 Variety


"...[DiCaprio is] a stunning natural performer who hides nothing, with the wrenching expressions of a latter-day James Dean..." - 04/21/1995 New York Times, p.C12

 
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