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. Written by
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Every punk on the block says it's not going to happen to them... but it does.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
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Did You Know?
Many links to The Sopranos - Lorraine Bracco
(Dr Melfi) plays Jim's mom. Michael Imperioli
(Christopher Moltisanti) plays the friend who dies of Leukemia. Vincent Pastore
(Big Pussy) is the guy that gets vomited on while on the ferry. The same three actors were also in Goodfellas (1990). Bracco as Karen Hill, Imperioli as Spider and Pastore as Man with Coatrack. See more
Shadow on the bathroom door when Jim is talking to his mother. See more
I was just gonna sniff a bag but one guy says if you're gonna sniff you might as well pop it and another guys says if you gonna pop it you might as well mainline.
Written by Jim Carroll
Performed by Jim Carroll
with Pearl Jam
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