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The Basketball Diaries

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""An Early and Hugely Underrated Performace by Leonardo DiCaprio""
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“The Basketball Diaries” is based on late poet Jim Carroll's auto­biographal book of the same name, and tells the story of a teenage Carroll growing up at a Catholic high school in New York City.

The film follows Carroll as a relatively harmless juvenile delinquent, running riot around the city with his friends and enjoying his status as a high school basketball star, to his eventual demise as a full-blown heroin addict before he's even finished school.

The second half of the film is centered around Carroll's addic­tion, with gritty subject material that is quite difficult to watch. However, DiCaprio's por­trayal is definitely worth viewing this film for, and performances by the supporting cast, including Juliette Lewis and Mark Wahlberg, make this a realistic and powerful film about the living hell of drug addiction.

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

In the early 1970's there emerged from the brutal streets of New York the voice for a new generation of youth disillusioned by the lost promises of the 60's. The voice belonged to Jim Carroll whose unflinching, compelling and corrosive memoirs of adolescence exploded into the worlds of literature and music. Travelling desperate roads Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) keeps writing, but his spiralling descent into drug addiction causes his entries to turn surreal, mirroring a life of mindless crime, depravation and despair. Finally a stint in Riker's Island juvenile reformatory and his written account of a life spinning out of control rescue him from annihilation...
Re-released on
July 10th, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
102
Studio
Genre
  • Drama
UPC
9397910813693
Product ID
1468643

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