Overall Rank: 894
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 100
Theatrical Release Date: 10/14/1994
Genre: Documentary, Sport
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Steve James
Actors: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates, Sheila Agee, Arthur 'Bo' Agee
Plot: A documentary detailing the lives of two high school basketball players. -- sapien
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/13/2012
Engrossing and engaging documentary about William Gates and Arthur Agee (and their families) on their quest to become part of the NBA dream. This goes well beyond mere basketball - everything from race to school, family issues and more - it's a lot deeper than I was expecting and worth the time spent watching.
Snoogans - wrote on 07/07/2012
An extensive and rewarding documentary. This is an involving tale filled with compelling drama. If you think this is just another documentary about the sport of basketball, then you are missing out.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/18/2011
If you stick with it, this is an engaging and emotionally-involving documentary. (I say stick with it because the movie is about three hours long.) The film raises a lot of interesting questions about poverty and education, as well as the recruitment and training processes of student athletes. It is also a strong reminder of how small the percentage is of student athletes who actually turn pro and how life moves on after their sports glory days come and go. One of the best documentaries ever made, hands down.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/29/2011
The story of William Gates and Arthur Agee in terms of their maturity and growth as basketball players. It also shows the hardships of their parents and the potential of William's brother Curtis. The detailed documentary exhibits various themes of family, values, race, economic class and dreams. Images of Agee’s family in the trenches were just disheartening. Both individuals had game and have different attitude and outlook in life. The persistence and motivation of Arthur’s mother was impeccable. His father’s reform was enlightening as well. This documentary was 3 hours, not a single moment was dull. So many teachings to be picked up and heartaches because of some “school system’s.” Hoop Dreams is real drama not only for basketball fanatics such as myself, but also …
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