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.
Main Cast & Crew:
Scott Kalvert - Director
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 102
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 660200310028
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: February 1999
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).
"...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