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Was Basketball Diaries a true story?

Last Updated: 9th February, 2020

The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Kalvert and based on an autobiographical novel by the same name written by Jim Carroll. It tells the story of Carroll's teenage years as a promising high school basketball player and writer who develops an addiction to heroin.

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Also question is, who dies in Basketball Diaries?

Jim Carroll, the poet and punk rocker in the outlaw tradition of Rimbaud and Burroughs who chronicled his wild youth in “The Basketball Diaries,” died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 60. The cause was a heart attack, said Rosemary Carroll, his former wife.

Secondly, how Old Is Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries? It's been 20 years since The Basketball Diaries hit theaters. ET was on set with the adorably young actors, 22-year-old Mark Wahlberg and 19-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, as their epic, A-lister friendship began to blossom back in 1994.

In respect to this, does Jim die in The Basketball Diaries?

One night the three of them break into a restaurant and Pedro get arrested and sent to jail. Jim almost freezes to death until Reggie comes along and takes him to his apartment and keeps him there for days trying to make him get clean.

What's The Basketball Diaries about?

Jim Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) is consumed by his life as a high school basketball star. Pressured by a wicked coach (Bruno Kirby) and a concerned mother (Lorraine Bracco), Jim develops an appetite for heroin. Soon, the mean streets of New York City have replaced the basketball court as his main destination. Jim and his friends scrounge, steal and prostitute themselves to score drugs. Jim's only chance to escape addiction may be Reggie (Ernie Hudson), a neighborhood friend and hoops companion.

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When did Jim Carroll die?

September 11, 2009

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How old is Jim Carroll?

60 years (1949–2009)

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What was Leonardo DiCaprio's first movie?

He had his first major film role in This Boy's Life, and received acclaim for the supporting role of a developmentally disabled boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (both 1993), which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

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Why is Basketball Diaries rated R?

DiCaprio goes as far into the hell of drug abuse as any actor ever has—and comes out a star. Basketball Diaries is rated R for language, adult situations and drug use.

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What high school did Jim Carroll go to?

Columbia University
Wagner College
Trinity School

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How old was Leo in Gilbert Grape?

Gilbert Grape was her breakout role, playing the morbidly obese, homebound mother of two boys (Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio), one of whom is mentally challenged. It was also a vital film for DiCaprio—his performance earned him the first of many Oscar nominations. DiCaprio was 19 years old at the time.

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Where was The Basketball Diaries filmed?

THE BASKETBALL SCENES WERE FILMED AT SCOTT KALVERT'S FORMER HIGH SCHOOL. Forest Hills High, located in Queens, New York, hosted the movie's basketball games.

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Did The Basketball Diaries win any awards?

Born in 1974 without a statuette, Leonardo Willhelm DiCaprio has starred in over two dozen films, including Gangs of New York and The Basketball Diaries. To date, DiCaprio has won over 40 awards and has been nominated six times for an Oscar. This is his first win.

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What year does Basketball Diaries take place?

Jim Carroll was born in 1950 and wrote his Basketball Diaries between 1962 and 1966. The film seems to be set in the present, which would mean that Carroll was born in 1980 or so.

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How long is the basketball diaries?

1h 44m

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Is The Basketball Diaries on Netflix?

The Basketball Diaries ( 1995 ) on Netflix
Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

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Was Jim Carroll a good basketball player?

Jim Carroll, who died Friday at the age of sixty, was many things: a writer, a poet, and a punk rocker (responsible for one particularly poignant, great song). He was also an all-star basketball player throughout grade school and high school, playing at Manhattan's élite Trinity school.

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What is the net worth of Leonardo DiCaprio?

We've all seen him star in some incredible films over the past 20 years or so, and Leonardo DiCaprio's net worth is estimated to be a heavy $245 million.

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Who ate Gilbert Grape?

What's Eating Gilbert Grape. What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio.