Above the Rim

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Above the Rim
Above the rim poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeff Pollack
Produced by James D. Brubaker
Benny Medina
Jeff Pollack
Screenplay by Barry Michael Cooper
Jeff Pollack
Story by Jeff Pollack
Benny Medina
Starring Duane Martin
Leon Robinson
Tupac Shakur
Bernie Mac
Tonya Pinkins
David Bailey
Marlon Wayans
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • March 23, 1994 (1994-03-23)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6.5 million
Box office $16,192,320[1]

Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack.[2] The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper,[2] from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina.

Starring Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon Robinson and Marlon Wayans, the film tells the story of a promising New York City high school basketball star and his relationships with two people; one a drug dealer and the other a basketball star now employed as a security guard at his former high school. The movie was shot in Harlem with various scenes in the movie filmed at Manhattan Center high school in East Harlem. Some of the basketball scenes were filmed at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, NY.


A young athlete aspiring to become a professional basketball player must make some tough decisions in this sports melodrama.

Kyle Watson (Duane Martin) is a talented basketball player who is about to graduate from high school. While he waits to find out if he will receive a scholarship to Georgetown University he finds himself in a difficult dilemma over a playground basketball tournament. He must decide whether to play for and follow his love by all basketball coach or Birdie (Tupac Shakur), a local thug in the neighborhood. Kyle is also feeling resentment towards a security guard named Thomas "Shep" Shepherd (Leon Robinson), because his mother is falling in love with him.

Coincidentally, Kyle's coach also wants Shep to coach his team when he feels it is time for him to retire, since Shep was previously a star basketball player himself. It is later revealed to Kyle that Shep is Birdie's older brother. Due to the death of a friend, Nutso, Shep cannot bear the thought of playing again.



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1994 Above The Rim 2 1
  • US: Platinum


Box office[edit]

The film was released on March 23, 1994, grossing $3,738,800 on opening weeked. At the end of its theatrical run, it had grossed a total of $16,192,320.


1995 MTV Movie Awards


It holds a 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews. Peter Travers stated "It's Shakur who steals the show. The rapper's offscreen legal problems are well known, but there's no denying his power as an actor." Variety said "A fine cast and the movie's general energy can't overcome that mix of cliches and technical flaws, which should conspire to prevent any high flying at the box office."[3]

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