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...

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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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The Basketball Diaries (1995) Comments

Posted by KancunStatus35

This movie tells both sides... with and without drugs... take your pick. Just make the right one... 8/10

Posted by sexsells

This was a great Movie! 10/10 I love these kind of movies.

Posted by ckhafre

The only awesome person in this movie is Reggie.

Posted by lagginswag

hard movie to watch... doesnt sit well in the stomachs of addicts/ recovering drug users. but it paints a picture all to familiar, one of leonardos best

Posted by daveyboy1

Was ok but nothing great though it had a good american cast. Trainspotting a year later was a far far better watch than this. 3/5

Posted by coolrockchic

This was good! 5/5

Posted by annmarie913

I had no clue what this movie was about for a long time. I saw the cover and just thought it was a lame teen movie. I caught it on Showtime or something a few years back and wow. Completely surprised at how great it was and that it was an accurate portrayal of the life of an addict. His description of the feeling of heroin was dead on. "It's like a long heatwave through my body. Any ache or pain or sadness or guilty feeling is completely flushed out." And I love when he makes fun of the junkie chick in the beginning and then tries to score from her later. Usually always happens that way. Anyway, loved this movie. 10/10

Posted by taifreeman

well this is a good movie !!

Posted by jdsegar

If there's any movie that will make you want to stay away from drugs FOREVER, I say it's this one. Leonardo's Performance along with his other co stars really brings this picture to life. Great Make up and costume crew. You could really tell when the characters were at their weakest and at their strongest. Honestly Leo was a beautiful young actor, look at any of his early movies. Sooo Goood.

Posted by Busta_Nizut

Amazing movie, Leo is one of are generations greatest actors. 10/10

Posted by jointhearmy7

man i was just thinking about this last night if River Phoenix hadent of died the year befor he would have been in this role and id could see it too i know he would of been in this movie strange hey!!!


An amazing movie of the bredth and impact of drug addiction. Brilliant acting job by DiCaprio, rare but hopeful ending...9/10

Posted by _mikailj

Young DiCaprio. I think that makes it pretty clear. Jokes aside, this is a fantastic coming of age based in NY. Mothers and sons should watch this together. 5/5.

Posted by akaimakeyouhot

some epic stuff going on there, love leonardo dicaprio and mark wahlberg in it... didn't thought I would like this movie, but the comments and the description made me curious... adding it to my favorites. feels like a classic that everyone must see once, 4/5 rated!

Posted by manithebest1

amazing movie i just loved it.. mark and leo were awesome

Posted by Rigjuice

When I saw this movie I tried to keep from crying but days later I watched it again. I love this movie, and of course Leo did what he does best. I think this movie should be shown in schools when thy talk about the dangers of drug use.

Posted by farhansubhani

such a powerful performance delivered by leonardo di caprio hats off to the whole cast and crew! like they say director is the captain of the ship, so yes director proved himself 10/10 i will recommend this to you all, so watch it guys......

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 Newrizlaman

awsome movie love rly shows what can persome become and over come 10/10

Posted by DooMZie

leonardo dicaprio can act his ass off!

Posted by misscaribean972

Wow Leonardo was amazing! Great movie 5/5

Posted by asdfenwick

4.5/5 what a masterpiece. It's made me want to read the book

Posted by emer_h

DiCaprio was great in this flick. Great movie, saw if for the first time years ago and still think it's excellent.

Posted by markenrock11

this movie was a mess

Posted by elvis1968

really good film... 9/10

Posted by dan_Markis

Good film and great acting. The story was a little vague in the aspect of time. They never really show Jim going through redemption in prison and kind of fast track to the end. So the story could have been told a little better but it is a good film. A great one for young adults and teens to show the re-procushions to drugs. Again great acting 7/10.

Posted by filmfreak158

good film ive seen it years ago but still watched in again 4/5

Posted by Rigjuice

I love this movie. It is based on a true story and Leo played the part excellent. I believe this movie should be shown in school when discussing the dangers of drugs.

Posted by mcdrew

9/10 was a bit slow at the start, i wonder if the dude how helped him was a real event

Posted by gablmo

Leonardo dicaprio was amazing on this picture. I can't believe he still does not have a oscar. Great movie 9/10

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