DVD Hoop Dreams [DVD] [1999] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 24423),
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Hoop Dreams [DVD] [1999] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • One of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of all-time, HOOP DREAMS has become a model for how to construct a fact-based film, creating intimate and emotionally resonant portraits of its subjects while exploring the larger social issues that those subjects are negotiating with. The film focuses on William Gates and Arthur Agee, two teenagers from inner-city Chicago, and follows them for almost five years, the period where both enter and complete their high school careers. Both young men are talented basketball players, and as the title suggests, have their eyes on the college game and eventually the NBA as their best shot at escaping the poverty they grew up in. But as William and Arthur reach for their goal, they must contend with the pressing issues and difficulties of social class and racism, as well as the predatory practices of the basketball recruiters who entice the pair to attend their schools. In this way, HOOP DREAMS chronicles much more than just the individual experiences of two young men. It examines the larger problems that beset inner-city African-American families and how they cope with those difficulties through family support and friendship, as well as presenting a picture of the increasingly ruthless, big-business tactics of college and even high school sports. It remains a seminal documentary film, both affecting and thought provoking in its story of lives and dreams entangled by forces beyond their control.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1610

  • Critic Reviews
    "...A powerful and moving real-life story..." - Recommended

    "...This unflinching masterwork is a heartfelt vision of sports and family values that will leave you cheering..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[This] fascinating, suspenseful film turns the endless revision of the American dream into high drama....[A] profound social tale..."
    New York Times

    "...Brutally poignant..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...A prodigious achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations, and incidentally, sports in close-up and at length, HOOP DREAMS is a documentary slam dunk..."

    "...Utterly, heartbreakingly lucid....Inspiring..."
    Film Comment

    "...There is something about the film's upfront rawness that pitches it engagingly somewhere between home movie and drama..."
    Sight and Sound

    Ranked #7 in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten DVDs Of The Year -- "Episodes of turmoil and triumph run rampant in this 1994 documentary..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[I]n addition to being a top-notch sports film, it's a sobering study of race, class and life in the inner city."
    Wall Street Journal

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