If a story like Hoop Dreams were created in a Hollywood studio, it would have been dismissed as too unbelievable to be true.
The story focuses on two 14 year old boys from the south side of Chicago.
Hoop Dreams chronicles the talented William Gates, who from the day he enters high school is given the title of "the next Isaiah Thomas," and the smaller, more raw and immature, Arthur Agee.
Gates lives in a housing project with his mother, who doesn't work, and his frequently unemployed older brother, a once talented prospect whose ego ended his career.
Agee lives with his mother who works hard to provide a better life for her son, and a father who falls into crack addiction.
There are scenes in this movie that are simply too powerful to describe, including Agee playing in a pick-up game and being distracted by his estranged father coming to the park to cop drugs, to Gates' mother after a serious knee injury, asking how it's going to affect his career.
The ending of the movie is at best unexpected, as Agee, who was cast away as a lost cause by the exclusive private school he and William attended, reaches heights of his career that Gates and his school never achieved.