The Basketball Diaries

1995

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / Sport

236
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 102247

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Uploaded By: OTTO
August 16, 2011 at 11:24 PM

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Mark Wahlberg as Mickey
Lorraine Bracco as Jim's Mother
Juliette Lewis as Diane Moody
Brittany Daniel as Blinkie
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546.36 MB
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1 hr 42 min
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English 2.0
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1 hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cb_roache 10 / 10

Most underrated film ever!

Trust me the basketball diaries is the one of the most underrated films I've ever seen, but on rare occasions that's what makes a film brilliant - this is one of those rare occasions.

The acting is absolutely superb especially Dicaprio who people only seemed to acknowledge after playing a preety boy character 'Jack' in the Titanic. After watching this film I really appreciate what a marvelous actor he is. He's so convincing as Jim Carroll a basketball player, poet,drug addict and lost youth shedding his innocence in the seedy city of New York.

Most powerful scene in the movie is when he is begging his 'Ma'for some money for a fix, which is absolutely heartbreaking to watch. Leo's acting really shines when he does a cold turkey scene which is one Oscar nomination well over due! It was so convincing, hairs on the back of your neck will stand up!

Mark Wahlberg plays a disturbed tough guy/school pal very well, Lorraine Bracco is great as Jim's despairing mother and Jim Carroll himself (the author)makes a great cameo. If you haven't read the book the film will prompt you because it's a great read too. The commentary with extracts from Jim's poetry are very fitting and a very beautiful back-drop for Jim and his pals getting up to no good.

One of my favourite films (could you tell?) Well worth a look I hope my review helps. CBR

Reviewed by azurastones 10 / 10

Heart-wrenching, hard-hitting and well acted drama

I was 15 when I first saw this film and I think that I watched it at the perfect time in my life, I was able to relate to a lot of the emotions the characters were feeling at this turbulent time in a teenagers life. Leonardo Dicaprio's acting in this is some of his best and he captures brilliantly the painful descent into drug addiction.

There is lots of swearing and violence is also common place: two groups of boys get into a fight, the main character has a dream in which he strides into school with a shotgun and shoots his classmate and teacher, an old woman is mugged and then attacked by two main characters, a character is threatened violently by a bigger man, a man falls off a roof and onto a car below (he dies).

Drug use is, obviously, also common: characters smoke cigarettes and weed, they snort cocaine, take a wide variety of pills and inject themselves with heroine (the actual injection isn't shown on screen but we see the tourniquet, the needle, the drug, and the scars on a characters arm).

Sex is also present: there is a scene with a scantily clad stripper, two characters kiss passionately, there is a sex scene off screen and we see the two characters half-dressed in bed afterwards. Prostitution is another theme with many people often offering the main character money for sex, including a male teacher. There is only one scene where prostitution actually takes place however it is harrowing, nothing is explicit but we see money exchanging hands before the older gentlemen gets on his knees and the main character unzips his trousers.

Ultimately this film is a warning and so nothing is held back (including a disturbing scene in which a character goes through excruciating withdrawal), its the kind of film that when its over it stays with you. It's become one of my firm favourites.

Reviewed by powermandan 9 / 10

It's A Bit Unoriginal, But The Raw Power This Possesses Makes Up For It All.

Among all the actors that have influenced me over the years, Leonardo DiCaprio dates back the farthest. Every time I see him in a movie, I'm completely amazed. After his breakout film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" brought him into the limelight, this film took him up a notch. It is arguably Leo's best pre-Titanic role.

The Basketball Diaries is an autobiographical look into the life of Jim Carroll. Jim was a New York teenager who enjoyed horsing around and aspired to be a basketball star. Jim's environment sucks: his neighbourhood is full of poor wackos, his mother is poor, his best friend is dying or leukaemia, and his high school consists of priests and normal teachers who are physically and sexually abusive. Jim and his pals are at a boiling point. As they just want to have fun and escape the horrors around them the craziest in Jim's entourage, Mickey (played by Marky Mark) gets them a hold of drugs. Jim soon finds himself addicted with life spiralling out of control.

So this is pretty formulaic: a youth with all the potential in the world escapes harsh realities by turning to drugs and hits rock bottom. But what makes this different and better than most is raw power. I started this review raving about DiCaprio's performance. He really is that good, one of his best. He is able to show such an enormous range starting with a smart teenager and ending as a junkie near death. He doesn't switch gears into the different stages of Jim's fall, he gradually flows. That's something no other young actor had the talent to do. It is so special and is so rare for anybody in anymore to tackle. No matter the stage in Jim's life, Leo plays him with such conviction. That's why this remains one of Leo's best. I know many people still rave about "Gilbert Grape" being Leo's best, but this is actually far superior. Arnie Grape was really a one-note character with little range and a small outpour of emotion.

The supporting cast keeps this from being a bad movie with a great performance. This was one of Mark Wahlberg's first movies and he nails it. Ernie Hudson has a bit part as Jim's neighbour and he's awesome. And this is Lorraine Bracco's best role other than "Goodfellas."

The directing is also impressive. The farther Jim descends, the more filming changes and the more cinematography does. I know Martin Scorsese did this in "Goodfellas," but The Basketball Diaries does it all in different ways.

Every aspect is full of overwhelming emotion and natural raw power, keeping this from being just another drug picture.

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