Exceptional documentary follows two inner-city basketball phenoms' lives through high school as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA. We meet Arthur Agee and William Gates as they prepare to enter St. Joseph, a predominantly white Catholic school that has offered them partial athletic scholarships. The coach tabs Gates as the "next Isiah Thomas," alluding to the school's most famous alum. There's plenty of game footage, but the more telling and fascinating parts of the film deal with the kids' families and home life. Both players encounter dramatic reversals of fortune on and off the court, demonstrating the incredibly long odds they face.
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Available on VHS
Running time 169 minutes.
Directors Guild 1995: Feature Doc. (James); L.A. Film Critics 1994: Feature Doc.; MTV Movie Awards 1995: New Filmmaker (James); Natl. Bd. of Review 1994: Feature Doc., Natl. Film Reg. 2005;; N.Y. Film Critics 1994: Feature Doc.; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1994: Feature Doc.; Sundance 1994: Aud. Award.
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