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Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams
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William Gates William Gates
Himself
Arthur Agee Arthur Agee
Himself
Emma Gates Emma Gates
Herself - William's Mother
Curtis Gates Curtis Gates
Himself - William's Brother
Sheila Agee Sheila Agee
Herself - Arthur's Mother
Arthur Arthur 'Bo' Agee
Himself - Arthur's Father
Earl Smith Earl Smith
Himself - Talent Scout
Gene Pingatore Gene Pingatore
Himself - High School Basketball Coach


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Frederick Marx Frederick Marx


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A great documentary

7 years, 8 months ago at Nov 17 7:27
Since I keep hearing many good things about this flick, I was really curious to check it out. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed and I was seriously blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, the whole thing was just spellbinding to watch and it is definitely one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Basically, it is a really amazing movie describing the harsh realities in America involving the l... read more
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Description: This documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they follow their dreams of becoming basketball superstars. Beginning at the start of their high school years, and ending almost 5 years later, as they start college, we watch the boys mature into men, still retaining their "Hoop Dreams". Both are recruited into the same elite high school as their idol, former Detroit Piston superstar Isaiah Thomas. Only one survives the first year; the other must return to a high school closer to his home. Along the way, there is much tragedy, some joy, a great wealth of information about inne ... (more)
Release date: 14 October 1994
UPC: 715515016025
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