The Basketball Diaries: 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...

Released: April 21, 1995
Runtime: 102 mins

Genres: Biography Crime Drama Sport
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis, Brittany Daniel

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Posted by tuffcritic

Leo's best performance, and he was so young. Now, no wonder any movie he makes is top dollah~!~!~!....he did the most amazing job in this movie....and on top of it all, it sends a great and positive message to all the youngsters who are thinking of taking that dark road called heavy drug addiction..Leo is one of the best actors in the world today...and thats fo sho nu**a!!...hahahah

Posted by jtomo87

Brilliant film, I see so many people in my city throwing their lives away by shooting up, don't do it.

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