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The Basketball Diaries
The Basketball Diaries
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio, Patrick McGaw
Director: Scott Kalvert
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 42min

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 aro...  more »


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Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio, Patrick McGaw
Director: Scott Kalvert
Creators: Chris Blackwell, Dan Genetti, John Bard Manulis, Kathie Hersch, Liz Heller, Bryan Goluboff, Jim Carroll
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/19/2004
Original Release Date: 04/21/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 04/21/1995
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 4/6/2010...
This film is based on a true story of a boy who gave up his dreams of playing basketball after getting hooked into a seedy lifestyle. The boy the main character is based on grows up to become a published poet in real life.

I thought this film was poorly executed. I'm sure the script was great, but Leo couldn't pull off the tough kid character for me. Maybe he was too young, because I think he's a great actor, but something about him in this film didn't fit the character. In fact, I think Mark Wahlberg was perfect and might have even been better for the main character.

Basically, the writing is great, the movie was okay, but the main character brought it down a bit for me.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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This 'bomb' didn't explode
Peter A. Gemmer | Space Center, FL | 12/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This just can't be me alone! I could not finish this disjointed, boring, bad acting mistake called a movie. I like Leo, but bought it for Mark Walberg. I either didn't recognized him or he didn't make the first half of this waste of film and my time. Skip this one. Watch Leo in "Titanic" or "Blood Diamonds" or Mark in "Shooter" or "Planet of the Apes". These in my humble opinion are good films and should be seen. I would rather try to stomach a plate of brussel sprouts than start this film over."