Hoop Dreams (DVD)

by Criterion Collection
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ITEM#: 3549718

One of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of all-time, HOOP DREAMS has become a model for how to construct a fact-based film, creating intimate and emotionally resonant portraits of its subjects while exploring the larger social issues that those subjects are negotiating with. The film focuses on William Gates and Arthur Agee, two teenagers from inner-city Chicago, and follows them for almost five years, the period where both enter and complete their high school careers. Both young men are talented basketball players, and as the title suggests, have their eyes on the college game and eventually the NBA as their best shot at escaping the poverty they grew up in. But as William and Arthur reach for their goal, they must contend with the pressing issues and difficulties of social class and racism, as well as the predatory practices of the basketball recruiters who entice the pair to attend their schools. In this way, HOOP DREAMS chronicles much more than just the individual experiences of two young men. It examines the larger problems that beset inner-city African-American families and how they cope with those difficulties through family support and friendship, as well as presenting a picture of the increasingly ruthless, big-business tactics of college and even high school sports. It remains a seminal documentary film, both affecting and thought provoking in its story of lives and dreams entangled by forces beyond their control.

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UPC 715515016025
Studio Computer Group Inc.
Format DVD
Genre Documentary
Rating Parental Guidance 13+
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.3 lbs
Directors Steve James
Dimensions 7.5x5.3x0.6

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  • Hoop Dreams (Criterion Collection)
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    Real. A gem. Things that come together in this film cannot be matched by any Hollywood contrivance for entertainment value. The commentary by William and Arthur are invaluable. I can't imagine buying the film as a product without it. I bought it for my kid who dreams of being in the NBA and loves and plays ball constantly. Helps impressionable kids see the real side of the action. Just a great movie by any standards. A classic.

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  • Hoop Dreams (Criterion Collection)
    Verified Purchase

    Real. A gem. Things that come together in this film cannot be matched by any Hollywood contrivance for entertainment value. The commentary by William and Arthur are invaluable. I can't imagine buying the film as a product without it. I bought it for my kid who dreams of being in the NBA and loves and plays ball constantly. Helps impressionable kids see the real side of the action. Just a great movie by any standards. A classic.

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