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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 »

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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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Llo Mutumbo is NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutumbos brother. 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

Sister Susan: I only hope you're as good a coach as you are a bullshit artist!
Jimmy Dolan: [shocked] You're allowed to say bullshit?
Sister Susan: Only if I really mean it.
Father O'Hara: [in a low voice to Jimmy] Every day I thank the lord she's on our side.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

WASHINGTON POST
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Stateside Marching Band
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Lightweight Fare Is Just That: Fair (as in "mediocre")
29 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Kevin Bacon totally dominates this film. In fact, he's the only "name" actor in it. You won't recognize anybody else in here.

The story is lightweight entertainment with the most notable aspect being the African music, which is very good and a small tour of Kenya, which is interesting, both with beauty and poverty.

Bacon plays as basketball assistant coach, an ex-point guard, who goes to Africa to recruit this great player "Saleh" (Charles Gitangra Marina) for his team back in the States. The adventures of the trip pretty much are the story.

One negative: another irreverent slam to get a few cheap laughs at the Catholic church. A nun in here uses profanity and gives Bacon a big kiss on the lips. It's one more example of trying to make clerical people appear worldly like the rest of us.


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