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The Basketball Diaries

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The Basketball Diaries

The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist. The incendiary film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s harrowing autobiographical novel follows a vibrant high school hoops star (Leonardo DiCaprio) as his life free falls through drugs and addiction. As he pals around NYC with his buddies, he supports his heroin habit through theft, robbery, and prostitution. DiCaprio is remarkable in a heart-wrenching role that details a descent into hell, while the soundtrack sizzles with 90s alternative tunes and tracks by Carroll himself.

“It’s a tough, intense, wrenching picture about drugs and growing up and surviving, driven by a fierce, skinless performance by its star, Leonardo DiCaprio.” – Hal Hinson, Washington Post

“You get a glimpse of the great actor Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Director
Scott Kalvert
Starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, Ernie Hudson, Patrick McGaw, James Madio, Mark Wahlberg
Year
1995
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
102 minutes

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