The Air Up There
|The Air Up There|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paul Michael Glaser|
|Produced by||Robert W. Cort
|Written by||Max Apple|
|Music by||David Newman|
|Edited by||Michael A. Polakow|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|This article needs an improved plot summary. (April 2015)|
Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) is a college basketball assistant coach who wants to find a new star for his team since he believes this will get him a promotion to head coach at the school. He sees a home video of a prospect named Saleh and travels to Africa to recruit him. Upon arriving in this continent, Dolan finds himself confronted not only with the challenges of basketball but also with the challenges of adjusting to and learning how to live in the midst of a brand-new culture. Though Dolan is initially opposed by Saleh's father who is also the leader of the village, he later agrees to let his son play. Dolan and Saleh both teach each other life lessons before they take the court for one final game with everything on the line. One of the most dramatic scenes in the film involves the instruction of Saleh by Dolan regarding the "Jimmy Dolan Shake and Bake."
- Kevin Bacon as Jimmy Dolan, a college basketball coach
- Charles Gitonga Maina as Saleh, a basketball player from an African village
- Yolanda Vazquez as Sister Susan
- Winston Ntshona as Urudu
- Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole as Nyaga
- Sean McCann as Ray Fox
- Dennis Patrick as Father O'Hara
- Nigel Miguel as Halawi
For scenes taking place in the United States, the film was actually shot in Toronto & Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Copps Coliseum stood in for the University's arena. Scenes in Africa were shot in Kenya and Hoedspruit, South Africa.
The Air Up There received negative reviews from critics. The Austin Chronicle mentions its "timeworn formula" and "cultural imperialism". The New York Times review points to a plot similar to several other Disney movies. The film holds a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.
- "The Air Up There (1993) Review/Film; Basketball As a Bridge Between 2 Cultures". New York Times. By JANET MASLIN January 7, 1994
- Lowry, Brian (January 4, 1994). "Review: 'The Air Up There'". Variety. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014.
- "Internet Movie Database - Filming locations for The Air Up There". Retrieved 2008-12-20.
- "MOVIE REVIEW : 'The Air Up There' Is Pretty Thin". Los Angeles Times. January 07, 1994|KENNETH TURAN |
- "The Air Up There". The Austin Chronicle.
- The Air Up There at the Internet Movie Database
- The Air Up There at Box Office Mojo
- The Air Up There at Rotten Tomatoes
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