Hoop Dreams Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Steve James

Hoop Dreams (Criterion Blu-Ray)

31 Mar 2015


1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1994
  • 172 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #289

Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates and their families as the boys navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.


William Gates
William’s motherEmma Gates
William’s brotherCurtis Gates
Arthur “Man” Agee Jr.
Arthur’s fatherArthur “Bo” Agee Sr.
Arthur’s motherSheila Agee
Arthur’s brotherJoe “Sweetie” Agee
Arthur’s sisterTomika “Tony” Agee
Independent talent scoutEarl Smith
St. Joseph High School head basketball coachGene Pingatore
Detroit Pistons basketball playerIsiah Thomas
St. Joseph High School guidance counselorSister Marilyn Hopewell
President, Encyclopedia BritannicaPatricia Wier
Marshall High School guidance counselorMarjorie Heard
Marshall High School head basketball coachLuther Bedford
Marshall High School guidance counselorAretha Mitchell
Tomika’s daughter, Arthur’s nieceJazz Agee
Arthur’s friendShannon Johnson
William’s girlfriendCatherine Mines
William’s daughterAlicia Mines
William’s brother-in-lawAlvin Bibbs
William’s fatherWillie Gates
Marshall High School teacherJames Kelly
St. Joseph High School director of financeMichael O’Brien
TV sports commentatorDick Vitale
Marquette University head basketball coachKevin O’Neill
Indiana University head basketball coachBobby Knight
DePaul University head basketball coachJoey Meyer
Nike ABCD Camp academic directorFrank DuBois
Film directorSpike Lee
Marquette University assistant basketball coachBo Ellis
Independent talent scoutBob Gibbons
St. Joseph High School assistant basketball coachDennis Doyle
Marshall High School science teacherClarence Webb
Independent talent scoutStan Wilson
Marshall High School basketball playerDerrick Zinneman
Mineral Area Junior College basketball coachTim Gray


ProducersFrederick Marx, Steve James and Peter Gilbert
DirectorSteve James
Director of photographyPeter Gilbert
EditorsFrederick Marx, Steve James and William Haugse
CoproducerGordon Quinn
SoundAdam Singer and Tom Yore
Music producerBen Sidran
Executive producersGordon Quinn and Catherine Allan
Postproduction supervisorSusanne Suffredin
Executive in charge for KTCAGerry Richman
KTCA production managerEmily Stevens
Additional musicTom Yore
Additional photographyGordon Quinn, Ed Scott, Sid Lubitsch, Kevin McCarey, Mirko Popadic, Jim Morrissette and Jim Fetterley
Additional soundEd Scott, Mirko Popadic and Bill Jenkins
NarratorSteve James
Technical consultantJim Morrissette
Kartemquin online editorsFrederick Marx and Melissa Sterne
ColoristsCraig Leffel, Robert Jung and Oscar Oboza Jr.
Postproduction coordinatorFenell Doremus
Audio mixRic Coken, Chuck Rapp, Corey Coken, Bryen Hensley and Margaret M. S. Marvin/Zenith Audio Services
Assistant editorsFenell Doremus, Linda Balek, Sarah Galloway, Lisa Hubbard, Jim Fetterley, Neil Laird and Lou Anastas
Title designGeorge Eastman and Betsy Fil
ResearchLaura Hoffman and Bill Siegel

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, created through a collaboration between the Academy Film Archive, the Sundance Film Institute, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries: one with filmmakers Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert, and one with the film’s subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates
  • Life After “Hoop Dreams,” a new documentary that catches up with Agee, Gates, and their families
  • Additional scenes
  • Collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams
  • Original 1994 music video for the film’s theme song
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene

Film Essays

Hoop Dreams: Serious Game

By John Edgar Wideman May 09, 2005

The familiarity and sadness of certain scenes (William Gates missing a crucial foul shot, Arthur Agee’s parents paying a humiliating visit to St. Joseph’s, a suburban Chicago prep school, where . . . Read more »

Big Screen


Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


Keeping the Dream Alive

July 29, 2010

Arthur Agee, the basketball hopeful whose rise to NBA prominence was chronicled in the thrilling 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, is beginning a “Hoop Dreams tour” across the United States. Along . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Hoop Dreams: Serious Game

By John Edgar Wideman May 09, 2005

The familiarity and sadness of certain scenes (William Gates missing a crucial foul shot, Arthur Agee’s parents paying a humiliating visit to St. Joseph’s, a suburban Chicago prep school, where . . . Read more »