The Basketball Diaries [Blu-ray]
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Look for the real-life Jim Carroll who makes a cameo appearance as a crack addict in the scene where young Jim sitting in a back alley listening to the addict preach about his "high" while boiling his fix.
Fine supporting performances by the entire cast and a musical score including original songs performed by Jim Carroll's band. Especially memorable is the acid-rock message song: "These Are All the People Who've Died" which is a tribute to Jim's fallen friends throughout his life.
The serious messages in this film SCREAM out at teens, but also are sombering to adults who realize the sometimes hopeless devastation that wracks a family during a drug crisis. Your heart breaks for Jim's mom and his mentor, an African American ex-druggie who cleaned up and wants nothing more than to help Jim out of his living hell before it consumes him.
Watching all the struggles Jim has to go through- loosing friends, trying to be clean & then failing, prostitution, begging for money, getting into physical fights.. - it is hard to watch and you physically can't believe that someone can go through so much and come out victorious in the end.
Leonardo plays this role FANTASTICALLY. Especially the part when he is crying at the door begging for some money from his mother. The amount of passion he pours into this character is huge... for that reason alone- go see this movie.
This movie basically takes a real life teenager and throws him down the wrong paths in life. You can really see Leonardo DiCaprio's character grow more and more addicted to all these drugs. Physically, you can see his body become worse and worse as he becomes more plugged into the drug culture as nights go by.
I have a whole new appreciation for Leo DiCaprio. He was only 20 years old when this was made and you can tell, this young kid can act like a pro.
This film as a very indy-film look to it which seems to add to its realism unlike if it were a major Hollywood motion picture. So, if you want to see an emotional, tearjerking view of innocence crumbling into nothing, this one will suck you in.
Viewing this film makes me appreciate why it has frequently been aired only in the pre-dawn hours.
We initially find our anti-hero ( played with bravura by a rail-thin Leonardo DiCaprio, who, like his co-star Mark Wahlberg, who plays his friend, Mickey, knew life on the streets of Los Angeles and Boston respectively quite well enough during their formative years) shouting down a crazy neighbor(Marilyn Sokol) in his New York neighborhood, and receiving a paddling from Father McNulty(Ray Cooper) at the Catholic School he attends--St. Vitus.
He responds to his humiliation with snideness, and we see the street tough, whose drug addiction began when he was twelve, form up with his best friends, including Pedro (James Madio), and Neutron (Patrick McGaw) in addition to Mickey, commit petty crimes, and behave like punks.
Freed from their parochial school influence, the influence of the street takes over.But even on campus, they deal with a perverted basketball coach named Swifty(Bruno Kirby), who has unwholesome designs on his charges. But we see Jim emerging as a writer.
Life on the basketball court is promising for Jim, who, in his own words, "plays like a cheetah."
He and his pals express generosity towards a hospitalized, cancer-stricken teammate named Bobby(Michael Imperioli) for whom they sign a basketball.Read more ›
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What a great movie. I bought this for my work as I am a substance abuse counselor. We like to show movie of those struggling with addiction. Good deal too.Published 17 days ago by Piper
Amazing true story. Takes you through the heartbreaking journey of addiction.Published 18 days ago by sammy2012
Very good raw movie with very young stars DiCaprio and mark wahberg going totally nuts!!!Published 1 month ago by Fluminense Rio
it came scratched so some parts of the movie skip, but it is a used dvd i believe so its alright. the movie itself is really good thoughPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Prepare yourselves! This movie is intense. I show this in my groups at a drug rehab. It makes a great process group for after the movie.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer