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The Air Up There (1994)

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Michael Glaser (as Paul M. Glaser)

Writer:

Max Apple
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Jimmy Dolan
Charles Gitonga Maina ... Saleh
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Sister Susan
Winston Ntshona ... Urudu
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ... Nyaga
Sean McCann ... Ray Fox
Dennis Patrick ... Father O'Hara
Ilo Mutombo Ilo Mutombo ... Mifundo
Nigel Miguel ... Halawi
Eric Menyuk ... Mark Collins
Keith Gibbs Keith Gibbs ... Buddy Wilson
Miriam Owiti Miriam Owiti ... Beisa
Douglas Leboyare Douglas Leboyare ... Ikedo
Francis Mutei Francis Mutei ... St. George
Gibson Gathu Mbugua Gibson Gathu Mbugua ... Harimbo
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Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team. Written by Reid Gagle

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Jimmy Dolan went to recruit a new player. What he found was a whole new ballgame.

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Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jimmy Dolan (Kevin Bacon) states the mythical St. Joseph's University won the 1981 National Championship. Indiana University won the 1981 National Championship led by Isiah Thomas. Both Indiana University and Isiah Thomas get a reference later in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the story of his National Championship heroism, Jimmy Dolan refers to a play at the end of the fourth quarter of a game. College basketball is played in two halves, not in quarters. See more »

Quotes

Saleh: You came halfway around the world to watch me play this basketball?
Jimmy Dolan: That's what I said.
Saleh: (pointing to his head) Are you healthy up here?
Jimmy Dolan: Never said that.
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Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: Truth or Dare and A Quiet Place (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

WATCH ME FLY
Written and performed by Matthew Wilder
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oh c'mon, it's fun
15 July 2004 | by soymaid327See all my reviews

I just watched this movie again, and I still love it from when I was a kid. (I know everyone loves some stinkers when they're kids, but bear with me.) This movie was as entertaining now as it was back then.

I know the plot can be predicted almost to the detail, but if that doesn't immediately and absolutely put you off it, it's a real treat. The acting and script are sincere, but even more so, the whole movie just has an innocent sincerity to it that's actually a rare find (even in a kids' movie). If this movie were a romance, it wouldn't hold up at all with this kind of sentimentality, but in a fun movie that's (technically) a sports drama, it really lends something to the whole affair that can put you in a good mood every time you watch it.

I'm sure part of this is Maina's performance, which is so sweet you can't help but like it -- this is coming from a usually-cynical moviegoer who dislikes "sappy" movies.

All in all, it's a charmer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un campeón de altura See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,080,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,240,859, 9 January 1994

Gross USA:

$21,011,318

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,011,318
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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