Soul in the Hole: The Street Basketball Story

Basketball - Soul in the Hole: The Street
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item number:  XTX 04667D
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DVD Details

  • Commentary
  • Cast & Crew Biographies
  • Trailers
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 16, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Xenon

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 873
What Soul in the Hole shows, with much joy and warmth and humor, is that the last thing basketball is, is a game. Full Review
Film Journal International
Jan 1, 2000
...A passionate piece of work that will engross people....SOUL IN THE HOLE captures the gritty spirit of the game and the carnival atmosphere of the tournaments...
Box Office
Sep 1, 1997
...SOUL places us firmly in this unforgiving world, and it's one we won't forget...
Los Angeles Times
Feb 20, 1998
...[A] pulsating documentary...
New York Times
Aug 8, 1997
...[A] simple, moving portrait of a community....Proves that if you've seen one hoop doc, you haven't necessarily seen 'em all... -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 21, 1998

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Every summer in the thriving subculture of New York City streetball, neighborhood teams congregate in intensely competitive playground tournaments. This summer the team to beat is Kenny's Kings, and its star point guard Ed "Booger" Smith.

Booger is the kind of player one encounters maybe once in a generation - an almost supernaturally gifted player upon whom Sports Illustrated bestowed the title "King of the Streets". The heart of Soul In The Hole lies in the compelling relationship between the charismatic and unpredictable Booger and his coach/surrogate father Kenny Jones. Over the course of one hot summer, Jones - an irrepressible firetruck of a man - takes on Booger, who teeters on the brink of what could either be wild success or total destruction.

This movie takes an unflinching, heartfelt, and often humorous look at the lives and friendships of the young men who play for the Dream Team of Bed-Stuy, the vibrant street culture of Brooklyn, and the love between a coach and his brilliant player.

Product Description:

A gritty and sometimes grim portrait of Ed "Booger" Smith, star player of "Kenny's Kings," a Brooklyn-based amateur basketball team shepherded by curmudgeonly volunteer coach Kenny Jones. While the summer sun bakes the asphalt, the street life beckons Booger, who can't decide whether to pursue the long shot of professional stardom or take the likelier path of drug dealing and petty crime. More a prismatic character study than a profound statement about inner-city truths or the state of basketball.


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  • Sales Rank: 111,755
  • UPC: 000799406526
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