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The Basketball Diaries

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Kalvert
Produced by Liz Heller
Written by Jim Carroll
Bryan Goluboff
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Lorraine Bracco
James Madio
Mark Wahlberg
Bruno Kirby
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography David Phillips
Editing by Dana Congdon
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) April 21, 1995
Running time 102 min.
Country Flag of the United States
Language English
Gross revenue $2,424,439
All Movie Guide profile
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The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 film based on the book of the same name by Jim Carroll. The film features original music by Red Hot Chili Peppers's bass player, Flea. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 391 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (493 × 755 pixel, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie poster for The Basketball Diaries. ... Jim Carroll Seattle, WA (September 2000) Photo by Eric Thompson Jim Carroll (born August 1, 1950 in New York City) is an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. ... Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954[1]) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated and Screen Actors Guild winning American actress best known for her roles as Karen Hill in Goodfellas and Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit HBO TV series, The Sopranos. ... James Madio (born November 22, 1975 in The Bronx, New York City) is an American actor. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Bruno Kirby (April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American film and television actor. ... Graeme Revell was born in New Zealand in 1955. ... New Line Cinema, founded in 1967, is one of the major American film studios. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... The Basketball Diaries is a 1978 book written by American author Jim Carroll, in which he chronicles the decline of a promising young, white basketball player in New York City in the 1960s. ... Jim Carroll Seattle, WA (September 2000) Photo by Eric Thompson Jim Carroll (born August 1, 1950 in New York City) is an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ...


Tagline:

  • The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist

Contents

Plot

Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a high school basketball player. His life centers on basketball, and his dream is being a basketball star. Once in a while he gets stoned with his friends, and step by step, he falls into the dark world of crime and drugs. Once his mother expels him from the house, he goes into the streets of New York, and together with his friends they take drugs for which they steal, rob and even kill. As the time passes, Jim's situation becomes worse. It looks like he will never escape his drug addiction. Jim Carroll Seattle, WA (September 2000) Photo by Eric Thompson Jim Carroll (born August 1, 1950 in New York City) is an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. ... This article is about the state. ...


Cast

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. ... Jim Carroll Seattle, WA (September 2000) Photo by Eric Thompson Jim Carroll (born August 1, 1950 in New York City) is an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ... Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954[1]) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated and Screen Actors Guild winning American actress best known for her roles as Karen Hill in Goodfellas and Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit HBO TV series, The Sopranos. ... James Madio (born November 22, 1975 in The Bronx, New York City) is an American actor. ... For the actor and television game show host, see Mark L. Walberg. ... Bruno Kirby (April 28, 1949 – August 14, 2006) was an American film and television actor. ... Alexander Chaplin, birth name: Alexander Gaberman, (born 20 March 1971) is an American actor. ... Ben Slork Jorgensen (born July 4, 1983 in Teaneck, New Jersey) is the lead singer and guitarist of the New Jersey band Armor for Sleep. ... Josh Mostel (December 21, 1946, New York, New York) is an American actor who is most known for his roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and two Adam Sandler films. ... Juliette L. Lewis (born June 21, 1973[1]) is an Oscar-nominated American actress and musician. ... James Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966 in Mount Vernon, New York) is an Italian-American actor who is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. ... Ernie Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American actor. ... Cynthia Daniel (born on March 17, 1976 in Gainesville, Florida) is and American actress, photographer and twin sister of actress Brittany Daniel. ... Brittany Daniel in a promotional picture for the movie Club Dread. ...

Controversy

Upon the film's release it gained heavy controversy. Due to its portrayal of drug addiction, prostitution and many other controversial subjects, the film was cut in order to receive a R Rating at the MPAA, and was banned in South Korea. The uncut version was later released on DVD in the U.S. Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Whore redirects here. ... The Motion Picture Association of Americas film rating system is used in the United States and its territories to rate a films suitability for certain audiences. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


Controversy arose again in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. The film contains a dream sequence in which Jim enters his school while wearing a black trenchcoat and shoots several students and teachers with a shotgun while his friends cheer him on. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado (the CDP of Columbine) near Denver and Littleton. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


Trivia

River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an Academy Award and Golden Globe- nominated American film actor. ... Stand by Me is a 1986 drama film directed by Rob Reiner. ... Jim Carroll Seattle, WA (September 2000) Photo by Eric Thompson Jim Carroll (born August 1, 1950 in New York City) is an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. ... Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11 1974[1]) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor who garnered world wide fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Ovaltine is a brand of sweetened milk flavoring product made with sugar (except in Switzerland), malt extract, cocoa, and whey. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ...

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The Basketball Diaries (734 words)
The film focuses on Jim and his friends who are on a basketball team in a Catholic high school in New York City.
The film never addresses how these young teenagers lost all normal moral values so quickly (and you see this on several levels as the film quickly earns its R rating).
If the point of the film is to blame it all on drug use, this is an overly simplistic explanation, and doesn't explain the boys total lack of any morality, common sense, consideration for others, or even simple dedication to the good of their team.
The Basketball Diaries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (252 words)
For the film of the same name, see The Basketball Diaries (film).
The Basketball Diaries is a 1978 book written by American author Jim Carroll, in which he chronicles the decline of a promising young, white basketball player in New York City in the 1960s.
Besides basketball, the book focuses on his sexual encounters with girls, his various legal and illegal money making ventures, and his thoughts on everything from war to religion.
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