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Plot, Details & Awards

Hoop Dreams

Rated PG-13 for drug content and some strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 10/14/1994 , 171min.
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Plot & Details

This documentary about the aspirations of high-school basketball players from inner city Chicago won awards from the Sundance film festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Academy Award (Oscar) for best editing. Two young men are followed during their entire high-school career, beginning with their participation in playground games and ending with their being recruited by colleges. The obstacles these young men face include parental drug addiction, family poverty, and inner-city violence, as well as the usual obstacles that arise in competition, including physical injuries. While each aspires to leave the ghetto, there are many reasons to suppose they may not be able to, despite each beating the odds against them by winning college scholarships.
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Run Time: 171min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 10/14/1994
  • DVD Release Date: 05/09/2000
  • Distributor(s): Fine Line
  • Director(s): Steve James
  • Starring: William Gates , Arthur Agee , Emma Gates , Sheila Agee
  • Themes: Down on Their Luck,Class Differences,In Training,Underdogs,High School Life,Inner City Blues,Basketball Players
  • Tone: Atmospheric,Deliberate,Intimate,Matter-of-Fact,Reflective,Understated
  • Keywords: basketball, poverty, teenagers, dream, sports
  • Language: English

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Steve James Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Frederick Marx Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing William Haugse Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Special Distinction Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 National Society of Film Critics Best Documentary Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 New York Film Critics Circle Best Documentary Won

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Steve James Won

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