The Basketball Diaries (1995)

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is a Biography, Crime, Drama film directed by Scott Kalvert – Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll’s epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim’s life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach (“Swifty”) who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin — all of these begin to encroach on young Jim’s dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother’s mounting concern for her son. He can’t go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim “picked up a game” now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. IMDB


Directed By – Scott Kalvert

Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama

Cast – Leonardo DiCaprio , Patrick McGaw , Lorraine Bracco , Marilyn Sokol , James Madio , Roy Cooper , Juliette Lewis , Mark Wahlberg , Vincent Pastore , Josh Mostel , Jimmy Papiris , Nick Gaetani , Alexander Chaplin , Bruno Kirby , Ben Monk

In Theaters – 21 April 1995

Duration – 102 Minutes

MPAA Rating : R

Taglines : Every punk on the block says it’s not going to happen to them… but it does.

Story Writers: Jim Carroll

Country: USA

Language: English

Production Company : New Line Cinema , Island Pictures