Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity.
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Every punk on the block says it's not going to happen to them... but it does.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
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Did You Know?
The movie became one of several subjects to a lawsuit filed shortly after the 1997 shooting at Heath High School, where a group of praying students were shot and killed by a fourteen-year-old. The infamous (now disbarred) attorney Jack Thompson, who filed the suit, claimed that this film, as well as several video game companies, two internet porn sites, and the 1994 film "Natural Born Killers" were directly responsible for influencing the shooter. The case was ultimately dismissed in 2001. See more
In the "dream" scene, when Jim is shooting his classmates, the one who gets shot in the back has a visible string attached to him which pulls him to the blackboard. When Jim has a vision on the basketball court and gets blown by explosion, the string is visible again. They were dream sequences, but it seems unlikely that he would dream of strings. See more
Shit happens alright? Shit fucking happens... christ!
This film was passed uncut with an 18 rating in the UK in 2000. It was previously cut by 47 seconds by the distributor. The cuts were to the dream sequence where kids are shot in school, which was removed by the distributor in response to the Dunblane massacre. See more
People Who Died
Written by Jim Carroll
, Terrell Winn
, Brian Linsley
, Wayne Woods
(as Steve Linsley)
Performed by The Jim Carroll Band
Courtesy of Earl McGrath Music See more