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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Duane MartinKyle Lee Watson
LeonShep
Tupac ShakurBirdie
David BaileyRollins
Tonya PinkinsMailika
Marlon WayansBugaloo
Bernie MacFlip
Byron MinnsMonroe
Wood HarrisMotaw
Shawn Michael HowardBobby
Henry SimmonsStarnes
Michael RispoliRichie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jeff Pollack
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 96 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 23, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 2003
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