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The Air Up There (1994)

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

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Yolanda Vazquez ...
Winston Ntshona ...
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Sean McCann ...
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Ilo Mutombo ...
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Keith Gibbs ...
Miriam Owiti ...
Beisa
Douglas Leboyare ...
Ikedo
Francis Mutei ...
St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua ...
Harimbo
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Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team. Written by Reid Gagle

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Comedy | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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7 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afrika csúcsai  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,080,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,011,500 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) states the mythical St. Joseph's University won the 1981 National Championship. Indiana University won the 1981 National Championship led by Isiah Thomas. Both Indiana University and Isiah Thomas get a reference later in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the story of his National Championship heroism, Jimmy Dolan refers to a play at the end of the fourth quarter of a game. College basketball is played in two halves, not in quarters. See more »

Quotes

Sister Susan: I only hope you're as good a coach as you are a bullshit artist!
Jimmy Dolan: [shocked] You're allowed to say bullshit?
Sister Susan: Only if I really mean it.
Father O'Hara: [in a low voice to Jimmy] Every day I thank the lord she's on our side.
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Connections

References JFK (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

ST. JOSEPH'S ALMA MATER
Written by Brock Walsh
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Light and really entertaining
14 January 2006 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

Kenya -1990s. St Joe's basketball team is famous but runs into a double crisis. For one, the acclaimed coach is going to retire and must name his successor. Moreover, the team is in dire need of a hoop star. Jimmy Dolan, ex-player and deputy coach, has therefore no choice but to find the star: his career is at stake. On a short video of a mission in Winabi (Kenya), he sees the star he needs. How to get there, to identify the player and to convince him to go back to the USA with him will however be quite a challenge! The spectator should not expect anything remotely intellectual or an even slightly probable description of Africa. But Kevin Bacon is good and the movie hilarious at times. A very entertaining, light movie, which beyond the classical story of friendship between two young men of different cultures (for once not too patronizing), shows quite interesting scenes of beautiful basketball and demonstrates a bit the incredible cult Americans make of sports in the environment of what is supposed to be tertiary education.


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