Above the Rim

1994

Above the Rim

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A young aspiring professional basketball player must make some tough decisions in this sports melodrama. Kyle Lee is a talented basketball player in high school. While he waits to find out if he will receive a scholarship to Georgetown he finds himself in a difficult dilemma over a playground basketball tournament. He must decide whether to follow his good-hearted coach or Birdie, the local gangster. Kyle is also feeling resentment for the security guard his mother is falling for. The coach also wants the guard to play, but due to the tragic death of a friend, the guard cannot bear the thought of playing again.

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Cast

Duane Martin
as Kyle-Lee
Leon
as Shep
David Bailey
as Rollins
Eric Nies
as Montrose
Cinnamon Paige
as Young Woman
Debra Rubins
as Hostess
Robert Harvey
as Official
Cuffee
as Referee
Darien Berry
as Younger Player
Lakeesha E. Allen
as Monarch Cheerleader
Sherrese Clark
as Monarch Cheerleader
Annie Charles
as Monarch Cheerleader
Aspen Davis
as Monarch Cheerleader
Charlene Levi
as Monarch Cheerleader
Tameeka McKinney
as Monarch Cheerleader
Dannell G. Ruiz
as Monarch Cheerleader
Leslie Terrero
as Monarch Cheerleader
Kenneth Bantun
as Basketball Player
Howard Bond
as Basketball Player
Troy Bowers
as Basketball Player
Roger Brooks
as Basketball Player
Dorian Graham
as Basketball Player
Marion Jenkins
as Basketball Player
Gil K. Kimble Jr.
as Basketball Player
Shabar Lassen
as Basketball Player
Troy Trusdale
as Basketball Player
Tracey Walston
as Basketball Player
Sam Worthen
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Above the Rim

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

  • A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws.

    Mar 25, 2008

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A formula script, but a mobile camera, pulsing rap soundtrack and a game cast whip up the necessary fizz.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Above the Rim has its formulaic elements, but it has been vigorously directed by Jeff Pollack, who appreciates the lively and unpretentious aspects of the story.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor.

    May 12, 2001
  • A stultifying cliche of a movie -- even by sports-flick standards -- this basketball allegory doesn't get anywhere near the rim.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The movie lives easily on the streets where it is shot, and the performances -- especially by Martin, Shakur and Pinkins -- are convincing.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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