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PG-13| 2 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

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Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Fine Line Features, New Line Home Video [us]

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Release Date: October 14th, 1994|2 hr. 54 min.

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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though the movie clocks in at just under three hours, it is -- aside from an occasional slow spot -- fascinating and exciting. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    One of the rare sports films that devotes extensive screen time to heartbreaking losses is full of other surprises as well. [13 Oct 1994, p.1D] show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The most moving aspect of this indelible documentary is that it chronicles its subjects' growth from instinctively going for the goal to deciding which goals are worth shooting for. show more

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