Steve James

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
Hoop Dreams
Cast
William Gates
Emma Gates
William’s mother
Curtis Gates
William’s brother
Arthur “Man” Agee Jr.
Arthur “Bo” Agee Sr.
Arthur’s father
Sheila Agee
Arthur’s mother
Joe “Sweetie” Agee
Arthur’s brother
Tomika “Tony” Agee
Arthur’s sister
Earl Smith
Independent talent scout
Gene Pingatore
St. Joseph High School head basketball coach
Isiah Thomas
Detroit Pistons basketball player
Sister Marilyn Hopewell
St. Joseph High School guidance counselor
Patricia Wier
President, Encyclopedia Britannica
Marjorie Heard
Marshall High School guidance counselor
Luther Bedford
Marshall High School head basketball coach
Aretha Mitchell
Marshall High School guidance counselor
Jazz Agee
Tomika’s daughter, Arthur’s niece
Shannon Johnson
Arthur’s friend
Catherine Mines
William’s girlfriend
Alicia Mines
William’s daughter
Alvin Bibbs
William’s brother-in-law
Willie Gates
William’s father
James Kelly
Marshall High School teacher
Michael O’Brien
St. Joseph High School director of finance
Dick Vitale
TV sports commentator
Kevin O’Neill
Marquette University head basketball coach
Bobby Knight
Indiana University head basketball coach
Joey Meyer
DePaul University head basketball coach
Frank DuBois
Nike ABCD Camp academic director
Spike Lee
Film director
Bo Ellis
Marquette University assistant basketball coach
Bob Gibbons
Independent talent scout
Dennis Doyle
St. Joseph High School assistant basketball coach
Clarence Webb
Marshall High School science teacher
Stan Wilson
Independent talent scout
Derrick Zinneman
Marshall High School basketball player
Tim Gray
Mineral Area Junior College basketball coach
Credits
Producers
Frederick Marx
Producers
Steve James
Producers
Peter Gilbert
Director
Steve James
Director of photography
Peter Gilbert
Editors
Frederick Marx
Editors
Steve James
Editors
William Haugse
Coproducer
Gordon Quinn
Sound
Adam Singer
Sound
Tom Yore
Music producer
Ben Sidran
Executive producers
Gordon Quinn
Executive producers
Catherine Allan
Postproduction supervisor
Susanne Suffredin
Executive in charge for KTCA
Gerry Richman
KTCA production manager
Emily Stevens
Additional music
Tom Yore
Additional photography
Gordon Quinn
Additional photography
Ed Scott
Additional photography
Sid Lubitsch
Additional photography
Kevin McCarey
Additional photography
Mirko Popadic
Additional photography
Jim Morrissette
Additional photography
Jim Fetterley
Additional sound
Ed Scott
Additional sound
Mirko Popadic
Additional sound
Bill Jenkins
Narrator
Steve James
Technical consultant
Jim Morrissette
Kartemquin online editors
Frederick Marx
Kartemquin online editors
Melissa Sterne
Colorists
Craig Leffel
Colorists
Robert Jung
Colorists
Oscar Oboza Jr.
Postproduction coordinator
Fenell Doremus
Audio mix
Ric Coken
Audio mix
Chuck Rapp
Audio mix
Corey Coken
Audio mix
Bryen Hensley
Audio mix
Margaret M. S. Marvin/Zenith Audio Services
Assistant editors
Fenell Doremus
Assistant editors
Linda Balek
Assistant editors
Sarah Galloway
Assistant editors
Lisa Hubbard
Assistant editors
Jim Fetterley
Assistant editors
Neil Laird
Assistant editors
Lou Anastas
Title design
George Eastman
Title design
Betsy Fil
Research
Laura Hoffman
Research
Bill Siegel

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