• Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams

Release Date: October 14th, 1994

DVD Release Date: May 9th, 2000

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.

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: KTCA Minneapolis, Kartemquin Films

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

Keywords: Growing up, 1980s, Emotional, Quest, 1990s, Underdog, Mother, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Hoop Dreams has the movie equivalent of all-court vision. It picks up everything happening in the gym, in the stands and even outside. It gives us the thrill of the game, but it doesn't cheat on either the vibrant social context or the deep human story. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A film like "Hoop Dreams" is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself. show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia 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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