The Basketball Diaries

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

The true story of the death of innocence and the birth of an artist.

  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1995-04-21
  • User Rating: 7.386/10 from 1643 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 42min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New Line Cinema
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Scott Kalvert
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A high school basketball player’s life turns upside down after free-falling into the harrowing world of drug addiction.


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  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    as Jim Carroll
  • Mark Wahlberg

    as Mickey
  • Lorraine Bracco

    as Jim's Mother
  • Michael Imperioli

    as Bobby
  • Ernie Hudson

    as Reggie
  • Juliette Lewis

    as Diane Moody
  • James Madio

    as Pedro
  • Bruno Kirby

    as Swifty
  • Patrick McGaw

    as Neutron
  • Manny Alfaro

    as Manny
  • Toby Huss

    as Kenny
  • Cynthia Daniel

    as Winkie
  • Brittany Daniel

    as Blinkie
  • Michael Rapaport

    as Skinhead
  • Roy Cooper

    as Father McNulty
  • Josh Mostel

    as Counterman
  • Marilyn Sokol

    as Chanting Woman
  • Alexander Chaplin

    as Bobo
  • Ben Jorgensen

    as Tommy
  • Jimmy Papiris

    as Iggy
  • Nick Gaetani

    as Referee #1
  • Vincent Pastore

    as Construction Worker
  • Barton Heyman

    as Confessional Priest
Production Avy Kaufman Casting
Sound Graeme Revell Original Music Composer
Production John Bard Manulis Producer
Editing Dana Congdon Editor
Directing Scott Kalvert Director
Writing Jim Carroll Author
Writing Bryan Goluboff Screenplay
Production Liz Heller Producer
Camera David Phillips Director of Photography
Directing Lisa Katcher Script Supervisor