Rent Hoop Dreams (1994)

4.1 of 5 from 94 ratings
2h 37min
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Synopsis:
Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible -professional basketball glory - in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, 'Hoop Dreams', by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighbourhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
Actors:
, , Emma Gates, Curtis Gates, Sheila Agee, Arthur 'Bo' Agee, Earl Smith, Gene Pingatore, , Marlyn Hopewell, Bill Gleason, Patricia Weir, Marjorie Heard, Luther Bedford, Aretha Mitchell, , Tomika Agee, Joe 'Sweetie' Agee, Jazz Agee, Catherine Mines
Directors:
Steve James
Producers:
Peter Gilbert, Steve James, Frederick Marx
Writers:
Steve James, Frederick Marx
Others:
Bill Haugse
Studio:
Artefact Films
Genres:
Documentary, Drama, Sports & Sport Films
Awards:

1994 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Documentary

BBFC:
Release Date:
26/07/2010
Run Time:
157 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/11/2020
Run Time:
172 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 4.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Additional Scenes
  • Steve James introduction
  • Hoop Dreams: 20th Anniversary - A side by side comparison
  • Original 1994 Music Video
  • Trailers
  • Exclusive essay by independent film and moving image curator and writer Karen Alexander

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Reviews (2) of Hoop Dreams

More about life than basketball - Hoop Dreams review by LD

Spoiler Alert
08/12/2018

A recommendation for me, and much appreciated. Obviously the premise is basketball, but really your watching a couple of teenagers at that pivotal time in one's life, with the additional harsh reality of living in a place like Detroit.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Engrossing documentary - universal themes - Hoop Dreams review by AER

Spoiler Alert
10/01/2021

Has anybody seen this early 90s documentary about two inner-city kids striving to get into the NBA and a college education. It's a stirring piece that brings up race, class, the lack of opportunities, and the real reason why college basketball is a big money game in the USA. I've been aware of Hoop Dreams since it came out in the cinema and had rave reviews but I found it on BBC iPLAYER and finally watched it in chunks (It's nearly 3 hours long). It's a rewarding, immersive watch, and you don't need to like sports to enjoy and learn from this very interesting documentary. It shows what hard work is - and how to prevail (somehow) even when the odds are loaded against you.

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