Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

By Steve James

  • Genre: Steve James
  • Release Date: 1994-01-01
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 52min
  • Director: Steve James
  • Production Company: Fine Line Features
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 164 Ratings


Two ordinary inner-city kids dare to dream the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this landmark documentary chronicling two remarkable families who challenge the American dream.




  • Absolutely a must see!

    By ronnieglasses
    The ideal sports documentary. If you have teenage children who aspire to be student-athletes, this doc is for both of you!
  • Changed the way I see my future. A must see!!!

    By Lubellk
    Tells the story of two gifted basketball player William Gates and Arthur Agee. Both from the ghetto of Chicago they battle family problems, financial problems, and typical drug related problems. Got to see it.
  • Classic

    By Smooth5PFM
    I love this Movie bcuz it shows how important it is to hit the books plus don't put all your eggs in one basket counting on the NBA always have a back up plan!
  • Do see it!!

    By Mississippi Assassin
    Excellent sports documentary!!! Everyone should see this. Really reflects the reality youth face while trying to make it out of the hood... And reach their "Hoop Dreams!"
  • Love it

    By Bob divdhg/;)8
    Get the thing
  • Loved It

    By JayRtwo3
    I was told to watch this movie and I loved it. a guy like me that loved basketball ever since I was able to pick one up absolutely enjoyed it A LOT. this movie showed if you have a dream and you put your mind to it, you CAN make it come true
  • One of the best documentary films on sports.

    My favorite quote from the movie, "People always say to me 'when you get to the NBA don't forget about me' Well, I should have said, 'if I don't make it to the NBA , don't you forget about me." - William Gates A must see film!
  • One of the best movies ever made!

    By Lipsius
    Hoop Dreams is the film that changed the way the Academy decided who got to compete in their documentary category. Its snubbing for having appeared on television first so outraged run-of-the-mill fans that there was no way to go back to business-as-usual. This is the movie that changed everything, and you owe it to yourself to watch it. Probably the first documentary to generate raves from everyone (instead of simply fans of documentaries) this movie moves people. Its story-telling is personal and at times painful but always true. The trust between the film-makers and the people they filmed for our benefit is palpable. The world Hoop Dreams exposes is immediately recognizable -- it's where we live. Do yourself a favor, WATCH THIS MOVIE!
  • best sports documentary ever

    By pimpdaddysexyman
    do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it will change the way you approach the game of basketball.