The Basketball Diaries (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Basketball Diaries

caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Scott Kalvert
producer = Liz Heller
writer = Jim Carroll
Bryan Goluboff
starring = Leonardo DiCaprio
Lorraine Bracco
James Madio
Mark Wahlberg
Bruno Kirby
music = Graeme Revell
cinematography = David Phillips
editing = Dana Congdon
distributor = New Line Cinema
released = April 21, 1995
runtime = 102 min.
country = United States
language = English
gross = $2,424,439
amg_id = 1:133609
imdb_id = 0112461

"The Basketball Diaries" is a 1995 drama film based on the book of the same name by Jim Carroll. The film features original music by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bass player, Flea.


Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a high school basketball player. His life centers on basketball, and his dream is being a basketball star. Once in a while he gets stoned with his friends, and step by step, he falls into the dark world of crime and drugs. Once his mother expels him from the house, he goes into the streets of New York, and together with his friends takes drugs for which they steal, rob and even kill.

As time passes, Jim's situation becomes worse. It looks like he will never escape his drug addiction. One night, after hallucinating on the basketball court where he played as a youth and passing out in the snow, he blacks out and wakes up, presumably days later, in the home of Reggie, an older acquaintance with whom he previously enjoyed playing one-on-one basketball. Jim attempts to leave, but Reggie prevents this. He eventually tells Jim that he is a recovering drug addict and has been in Jim's situation. Jim acquiesces to the offer of help, and endures the process of withdrawal over several days. However, upon leaving, he relapses, finally ending up incarcerated, where he goes clean. The final scene of the movie is a recovered Jim sitting on a stool on a nightclub stage, reciting his life story.

After the Heath High School shooting, lawyer Jack Thompson brought this film into a $33 million lawsuit claiming that the film's plot, among other media, caused the 14-year-old shooter Michael Carneal to shoot members of a prayer group. The case was dismissed.


*Leonardo DiCaprio as Jim Carroll
*Lorraine Bracco as Mrs. Carroll
*James Madio as Pedro
*Patrick McGaw as Neutron
*Mark Wahlberg as Mickey
*Roy Cooper as Father McNulty
*Bruno Kirby as Swifty
*Alexander Chaplin as Bobo
*Juliette Lewis as Diane Moody
*Michael Imperioli as Bobby
*Ernie Hudson as Reggie
*Manny Alfaro as Manny
*Cynthia Daniel as Winkie
*Brittany Daniel as Blinkie

External links

*imdb title|id=0112461|title=The Basketball Diaries
*amg title|id=1:133609|title=The Basketball Diaries

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