Basketball Diaries (1995)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 139

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Directed by: Scott Kalvert
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (Jim Carroll), Mark Wahlberg (Mickey), Ernie Hudson (Reggie), James Madio (Pedro), Patrick McGaw (Neutron), Lorraine Bracco (Mother), Bruno Kirby (Swifty), Juliette Lewis (Diane), Michael Imperioli (Bobby)
Country: USA; Effed Up American Cinema
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:41:56
Genres: Based on a True Story, Drugs, Teenagers, Gay, Prostitution

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on an autobiographical novel.

Jim and his buddies are promising basketball players. They’re mostly working-class kids who’ve won scholarships to the schools they attend. Initially dabbling with glue, Jim moves on to heroin shortly after the death of a close friend.

An early Leonardo DiCaprio movie that explored his potential as an actor, The Basketball Diaries, also features a memorably painful and dramatic scene of a mother turning away her junkie son from her door.

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asekicker123
asekicker123
January 9, 2024 12:14 am

gay movie

quinnlillehunter
quinnlillehunter
December 25, 2023 1:29 pm

it was so good and it was a funny movie

jcd
jcd
July 25, 2023 4:24 am

bravo, bravo.

Ron Jeremy
Ron Jeremy
June 30, 2023 2:19 pm

Suck my dick

Badger now
Badger now
June 26, 2023 6:06 am

I absolutely love this movie. It’s been one of my favorites for years. Thank you eum

analchildmolester
analchildmolester
June 22, 2023 9:46 am

despite what some people have said this has merit and is effed up – de caprio always gets it in the neck but here he gives a realistic performance

Bukowski
Bukowski
June 21, 2023 12:42 pm

I liked it a lot, but less than heroin and crime

Danny999666
Danny999666
June 20, 2023 3:14 pm

great movie. thanks, EUM

fred fat
fred fat
June 19, 2023 6:46 pm

this shite has turned into TCM

Bobs & Vagene
Bobs & Vagene
June 19, 2023 7:41 am

Shite

A concerned friend
A concerned friend
June 19, 2023 7:04 am

Spam a triggered coward in his gay cry baby asshole

Andy Gator
Andy Gator
June 18, 2023 5:57 am

In yalls description. They weren’t sniffing glue. They were huffing ether on the rags. Ether can also be used to make drugs like coke and meth.

Gilbert. G. Rape
Gilbert. G. Rape
June 18, 2023 2:35 am

Can anyone recommend a film wherein Leonardo doesn’t piss and whinge like a little bitch?

Regan MacNeil
Regan MacNeil
June 18, 2023 2:21 am

“Effed up” in the sense that Leonardo DiCaprio is such a grotesque, vile human being . . . And how retarded and boring Hollywood productions are, I guess. Really weak and stupid.

scooby
scooby
June 17, 2023 2:51 pm

I remember that when the Columbine shootings happened, some people blamed “The Basketball Diaries”. When I saw the movie, I couldn’t understand the connection at all. True, there’s a school shooting scene, but focusing only on that misses the movie’s point. The movie is the true story of New York teenager Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) and how he descended into the ugly world of drug addiction. If you’re squeamish, then I should warn you that there are some pretty nasty scenes of drug addiction and what happens.

Yes, it’s ugly what happens, but that’s what makes the movie so good: they’re not afraid to get down and dirty. Also starring are Lorraine Bracco as Jim’s mother, Mark Wahlberg as Jim’s friend, Bruno Kirby as the high school coach, Juliette Lewis as an acquaintance, and Ernie Hudson as a man who saves Jim from dying out in the cold.

Like I said, this is not a movie for the fainthearted. But otherwise, I truly recommend it.

fred fat
fred fat
June 16, 2023 12:42 pm

Instantly, when I watched this one, I could not help but harken back to Everybody’s All-American, which had sports as an undercurrent to the central love story between Gavin and Babs streching a full quarter-century in spanning four decades. Even with football enveloping all which had entwined their lives, the humaneness of those two characters could not be discounted, especially with Babs emerging into a more stronger character who came into her own as a woman and an individual toward the film’s end. I bring that up to start my assessment of Love and Basketball. Yes, there were differences, of course, with Quincy (Omar Epps, of whose work I have been a fan of since “Juice” in 1992) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan, who has seemingly come from nowhere to emerge as a serious talent to be reckoned with on the screen!) both being African-American. And instead of football, the sport was basketball. And instead of one athlete, there were two, as Monica was a superior talent on par with Gavin Gray and Quincy McCall. And the story, of course, was set more in the recent past, from 1981 to the present. Nonethelss, this was also a film which touched my heart. I loved the depth which both actors in this film displayed, showing them not only as athletes and people, but also as they were with regard to their families as well. And the depths from where they came to where they ultimately went, from their beginnings as children to… Read more »

Cat Lickers
Cat Lickers
June 16, 2023 12:13 pm

Too clean-cut and whimsical for me.