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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The Basketball Diaries: Directed by Scott Kalvert. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio. A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
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1. 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.
1. ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL AND RIVER PHOENIX WERE ORIGINALLY SET TO STAR. The Basketball Diaries was almost made by Columbia Pictures in the late 1980s starring Anthony Michael Hall. Ethan Hawke ...
Scott Kalvert's interest in bringing Carroll's book to the screen was said to be the real reason The Basketball Diaries finally got made.
The Basketball Diaries always did so well and I think it was a combination because my first record album did so well. The Basketball Diaries came out before the Catholic Boy album came out. I mean, rock ‘n’ roll, you get such a big audience, especially when “People Who Died” became a hit and the album did so well.
The Basketball Diaries James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)  was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries , which inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll, and his 1980 song "People Who Died" with the Jim Carroll Band.
This document attempts to link each scene in Scott Kalvert's film The Basketball Diaries to specific entries in Jim Carroll's autobiography of the same title. I have studied Carroll's work for ten years, and after viewing Kalvert's film five or six times, I still could not figure out why it was called The Basketball Diaries or why its main character was named Jim Carroll.