Above the Rim

ISBN 13: 9780780641150

Above the Rim

 
9780780641150: Above the Rim

<p>Above the Rim (DVD)</p><p>In New York City, where thousands of teenagers compete for a very few chances to play professional basketball--and the fame and money that come with them--one talented young man must choose between a scholarship to college and immediate wealth in this drama set on the urban asphalt basketball courts of Harlem.</p>

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This rousing basketball drama centers around Tommy "Shep" Sheppard (Leon), a former high school basketball star now haunted by the accidental death of his best friend, and Kyle Watson (Duane Martin), an arrogant high school player in danger of slipping into crime. Though Shep avoids commitment in his life as a security guard, his attraction to Kyle's mother (Tonya Pinkins) draws him out of his protective shell--but Kyle is more interested in mentorship from Shep's gangster brother Birdie (Tupac Shakur). Above the Rim is melodramatic but played with grit and energy by a solid cast, particularly Shakur. Writer-director Jeff Pollack keeps the story moving and gives the characters enough spin to rescue them from being clichés; the result is engaging despite its formulas. Also featuring Bernie Mac and Marlon Wayans. --Bret Fetzer

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