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Movie Review: 'Hoop Dreams' (1994) A documentary with more passion and suspense than most dramatic features. Filmed over five years, the film immerses us in the lives of two young… PG-13 PT171M Documentary Sports Fine Line Features
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Movie Review: 'Hoop Dreams' (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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EW's GRADE
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Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 171 Minutes; Genres: Documentary, Sports; Distributor: Fine Line Features

A documentary with more passion and suspense than most dramatic features. Filmed over five years, the film immerses us in the lives of two young African-American basketball players from inner-city Chicago, William Gates and Arthur Agee, who've pinned their hopes on making it to the NBA. The two are recruited by St. Joseph, the same suburban Catholic high school that produced Isiah Thomas. Filmmakers Peter Gilbert, Steve James, and Frederick Marx shot 250 hours of videotape, editing the results down to a leisurely 171-minute epic. As we follow William and Arthur through four years of high school, their fortunes ebb and flow, sometimes shifting with wrenching suddenness. Hoop Dreams is an astonishing emotional experience, but the film's devastating upshot is that if you're from the inner city and are living for your hoop dreams, either you're good enough to be another Isiah or you're plumb out of luck. A

Originally posted Nov 18, 1994 Published in issue #249 Nov 18, 1994 Order article reprints