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Hoop Dreams

HD   PG-13 SDH

Steve James

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About the Movie

Two ordinary inner-city kids dare to dream the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this landmark documentary chronicling two remarkable families who challenge the American dream.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 51
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film's great achievement is to reveal the relentless way in which coaches and recruiters refuse to see Arthur and William as anything other than social cliches. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It's about three hours long. But it moves like Isiah, fast and smooth, and it's over in a heartbreak. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: An ironic drama so beautifully sculpted it could be transposed without alteration into a fictional film. – Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Loved It

I was told to watch this movie and I loved it. a guy like me that loved basketball ever since I was able to pick one up absolutely enjoyed it A LOT. this movie showed if you have a dream and you put your mind to it, you CAN make it come true

One of the best movies ever made!

Hoop Dreams is the film that changed the way the Academy decided who got to compete in their documentary category. Its snubbing for having appeared on television first so outraged run-of-the-mill fans that there was no way to go back to business-as-usual.

This is the movie that changed everything, and you owe it to yourself to watch it. Probably the first documentary to generate raves from everyone (instead of simply fans of documentaries) this movie moves people. Its story-telling is personal and at times painful but always true. The trust between the film-makers and the people they filmed for our benefit is palpable. The world Hoop Dreams exposes is immediately recognizable -- it's where we live.

Do yourself a favor, WATCH THIS MOVIE!

One of the best documentary films on sports.

My favorite quote from the movie, "People always say to me 'when you get to the NBA don't forget about me' Well, I should have said, 'if I don't make it to the NBA , don't you forget about me." - William Gates

A must see film!

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 1994

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