Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Soundtrack 4 Production 5 Reception 5.1 Box office 5.2 Awards 5.3 Critical 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] Kyle Watson is a talented basketball player who is about to graduate from high school. While he waits to find out if he will receive a scholarship to Georgetown University, he finds himself in a difficult dilemma over a playground basketball tournament. He must decide whether to play for and follow his widely beloved basketball coach or Birdie, a local thug in the neighborhood. Thomas "Shep" Sheppard, a former standout player himself, now works as a high school security guard. Kyle feels resentment towards the security guard, because Kyle's own mother is falling in love with Shep. Coincidentally, Kyle's coach also wants Shep to coach his team when he feels it is time for him to retire. It is later revealed to Kyle that Shep is Birdie's older brother. Kyle makes a decision to run with Birdie's team until he decided to come back to his old team, because of Birdie's wrongful actions against Flip and Kyle's friend Bugaloo. In the tournament, both Kyle's and Birdie's teams march to the finals, with Kyle's team playing solid team basketball, while Birdie's team plays a very thuggish style. Before the finals, Birdie threatens Kyle, demanding Kyle to throw away the game, so that Birdie's team would win. Kyle is brutalized throughout the game, with Birdie's team having a solid lead, and is injured. Shep, unable to watch anylonger, replaces Kyle in the game - despite being aggressively attacked throughout, Shep helps the team come back, and in the final seconds, passes the ball to Kyle, who hits the game winner. After the loss, Birdie orders Motaw, his star player and gang member, to kill Kyle. Shep protects Kyle and is shot, while Motaw is shot dead by security. Birdie is later killed by Bugaloo as revenge for previous humiliations. In the end, Kyle is revealed to have gotten the scholarship to Georgetown University - during a televised game, Kyle hits the game winner, while a recovered Shep watches with a smile.

Cast[edit] Duane Martin as Kyle Lee Watson, a talented basketball player who is determined to be accepted to Georgetown University, to play for their basketball team. He is seen as cocky and hot tempered but later changes his ways during the course of the film. Leon Robinson as Thomas "Shep" Sheppard, a quiet bitter, introvert who used to be an incredible high school basketball player. He was later arrested after his best friend, Nutso, accidentally jumps off a high rise building while playing basketball. Tupac Shakur as Birdie, the local drug dealer and the film's antagonist. He is Shep's younger brother who secretly wants Shep to join him in his illegal empire. He later bribes Kyle to play for his team. Marlon Wayans as Bugaloo, Kyle's womanizing yet goofy best friend who spent a year in juvenille detention for an unknown crime. He is often bullied by Birdie and most of his gang members. Bernie Mac as Flip Johnson, a crack addicted homeless man who used to play basketball alongside Shep in high school. He is occasionally harassed by Kyle, Bugaloo and Motaw. David Bailey as Rollins Tonya Pinkins as Mailika Watson, Kyle's mom who tries to get him to see that there is more to life than just basketball. She develops a relationship with Shep. Wood Harris as Motaw, Birdie's youngest lieutenant and star player on his team. He is a homicidal psychopath who will kill anyone with no second thought nor remorse. Shawn Michael Howard as Bobby, Kyle's shy and soft-spoken friend who plays in the basketball tournament. Henry Simmons as Starnes Matthew Guletz as Nutso, Shep's friend who was killed while playing a one-on-one basketball game with him back in the day Michael Rispoli as Richie Eric Nies as Montrose Byron Minns as Monrow Bill Raftery as Himself James Williams as Speedy Pee Wee Kirkland as Phil Redd, the Georgetown scout John Thompson as Himself

Soundtrack[edit] Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications U.S. U.S. R&B 1994 Above The Rim Released: March 22, 1994 Label: Death Row Records, Interscope 2 1 US: Double Platinum

Production[edit] The movie was filmed in 1993. Allen Payne was the original choice to portray Kyle Watson, but was rejected by Pollack in favor of Duane Martin.

Reception[edit] Box office[edit] The film was released on March 23, 1994, grossing $3,738,800 on opening weekend. At the end of its theatrical run, it had grossed a total of $16,192,320. Awards[edit] 1995 MTV Movie Awards Best Movie Song: "Regulate" by Warren G (nominated) Critical[edit] It holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews. Peter Travers stated "It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor." Variety said "A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws, which should conspire to prevent any high flying at the box office."[3]

See also[edit] Above the Rim (Original Soundtrack)

References[edit] ^ "Above the Rim". Box Office Mojo.  ^ a b Maslin, Janet (March 23, 1994). "Above the Rim (1994) Review/Film; A Young Man Torn by Good and Bad". The New York Times.  ^ Above the Rim - Review, March 21 1994

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