almost 5 years
Brutally shows the reality of drugs. How he didn't get an Oscar for this is beyond me.
good movie, young Leo is hot and his acting is breathtaking
over 6 years
Extremely violent and potentially a very bad influence. But Leo, tho.
Frederik Værum Olesen
over 6 years
A really touching story, unfortunately not abnormal. And Di Caprio is excellent as always
almost 7 years
I don't think anyone else could do what DiCaprio did in this movie. Simply mind-blowing.
Great perspective of a junkie in NYC, the fact it's from a true story really helps
The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg. It is based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Jim Carroll.
The film is an adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) epistle about his kaleidoscopic free-fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an appetite for heroin all begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star.
Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He cannot go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which...