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The Basketball Diaries
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The Basketball Diaries 1995

From Amazon: The pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jim Carroll, the poet and musician who spent much of his adolescence addicted to heroin and shooting hoops with fellow Catholic high school kids. As a biography, the film doesn't amount to more than the sum of its gritty scenes of smack use, violence, perversions (poor Bruno Kirby plays a lecherous coach who comes on to young Jim), and the usual scream-and-puke dramas that go along with a cold-turkey session. Director Scott Kalvert doesn't seem to realize that most people don't know who Carroll is and therefore can't possibly understand why they should care about his gutterball youth....

Directed By:
No image existsScott Kalvert
Written By:
No image existsBryan Goluboff
Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio
Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
No image existsPatrick McGaw
No image existsJames Madio
No image existsBruno Kirby
Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson
No image existsLorraine Bracco
Juliette LewisJuliette Lewis
No image existsJosh Mostel
Michael RapaportMichael Rapaport
No image existsMichael Imperioli
No image existsJames Dennis Carroll

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The Basketball Diaries Movie Review by Jarrod (8/31/2007)

'The Basketball Diaries' is a turgid tale of drug addiction, often intense and sad, but not much different from the many other stories of self-destructive idiots who possess extraordinary artistic abilities, yet usually die too young for the world to appreciate them. Jim Carroll got lucky, I guess. Played by Leonardo...

(complete The Basketball Diaries review by Jarrod)

The Basketball Diaries Movie Review by Lisa (3/22/2007)

Based on the real life diaries of Jim Carrol the amazing writer and poet who had his first book of poetry published at the age of 16 whilst deep in the grasp of a heroine addiction....if you are not aware of him you should be you owe it to yourself, and this film may give you an insight.

There are two film that show what...

(complete The Basketball Diaries review by Lisa)

The Basketball Diaries Movie Review by Justin (7/12/2006)

This emotionally devastating film is important for two basic reasons. First, it heralded the arrival of Leonardo DiCaprio as a sheer acting force. If you doubt his talent and haven't seen this movie, it's enough to convert you. Secondly, it is the best anti-drug movie ever. Plain and simple. What's more, I doubt there...

(complete The Basketball Diaries review by Justin)

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