Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Shot over five years and compiled from 250 hours of footage, this Sundance-winning documentary follows two high-school students from Chicago and their dream to become professional basketball players.

William Gates and Arthur Agee are two African-American teenagers recruited by a scout from St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominantly white high school and whose alumni include NBA great Isiah Thomas. Agee and Gates are both from poor neighbourhoods. Taking 90-minute commutes to school, enduring long and difficult workouts and practices, and having to acclimatise to a foreign social environment, Gates and Agee struggle to improve their athletic skills in a hugely competitive job market.

Audience Award winner (Documentary), Sundance Film Festival 1994
1994Rating: M170 minsUSA
DocumentarySport
Director:
Steve James ('Stevie', 'Life Itself')

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Hoop Dreams / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Along the way it becomes a revealing and heartbreaking story about life in America.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This is the best type of documentary, giving an intensely personal story you can't help but become involved in, and also raises fundamental issues about America in the 90s.

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