Hoop Dreams [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1994]

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Special Features

  • Two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, and one with the film's subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates
  • Life After "Hoop Dreams," a new documentary that catches up with Agee, Gates, and their families
  • Additional scenes
  • Collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams
  • Original 1994 music video for the film's theme song
  • Trailers
  • Plus: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene


Hoop Dreams
This documentary about the aspirations of high-school basketball players from inner city Chicago won awards from the Sundance film festival, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Academy Award (Oscar) for best editing. Two young men are followed during their entire high-school career, beginning with their participation in playground games and ending with their being recruited by colleges. The obstacles these young men face include parental drug addiction, family poverty, and inner-city violence, as well as the usual obstacles that arise in competition, including physical injuries. While each aspires to leave the ghetto, there are many reasons to suppose they may not be able to, despite each beating the odds against them by winning college scholarships. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Arthur Agee - Himself
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    Emma Gates - Herself (William's mother)
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    Sheila Agee - Herself (Arthur's mother)
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    Earl Smith - Himself (Talent scout)
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    Gene Pingatore - Himself (Coach)

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