The Basketball Diaries (Blu-ray)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg Director: Scott Kalvert  Rated: R: Restricted
The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Palm Pictures / UMVD
  • Note: Interviews with cast and director
    • Jim Carroll interview and poetry reading
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English
    • PCM Stereo - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 03/23/1995
"...DiCaprio is electrifying....A wild ride fueled by profane wit and hallucinatory power..."
USA Today - 04/21/1995
"...[The film] pulsates as an early-'60s time capsule..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/21/1995
"...Energetic....A glimpse of the great actor Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be."
Variety - 02/06/1995
"...[DiCaprio delivers] a game, highly emotional performance that further confirms previous indications of a major talent..."
New York Times - 04/21/1995
"...[DiCaprio is] a stunning natural performer who hides nothing, with the wrenching expressions of a latter-day James Dean..."

Product Description:

Based on the autobiographical journals of poet Jim Carroll, BASKETBALL DIARIES follows the descent of a Catholic high school student from star basketball player to drug addict. Jim (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his friends roam the streets of New York City as goof-offs, petty thieves, and junkies. Expelled from school for using drugs before a game, Jim is also thrown out of his house and takes up street hustling. A pre-superstardom DiCaprio gives a strong performance in this gritty and uncompromising look at being young and streetwise.

Plot Keywords:

Coming Of Age | New York City | Self-Discovery | Social Issues | Theatrical Release | True Story

Production Notes:

  • Excerpts of Jim Carroll's book "The Basketball Diaries" first appeared in "The Paris Review" in 1970. The book was published in 1978.
  • Jim Carroll's song "People Who Died" was a New Wave hit in the early 1980s.
  • Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Additional credits: Kathie Hersch (line producer); Diana D. Schmidt (unit production manager); David C. Dean, Robert C. Albertell (assistant directors); David C. Robinson (costume design); Verne Caruso (hairstylist); Joshua Wingett (music editor); Billy Gottlieb (music co-ordinator).

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