The Air Up There (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Air Up There (1994)



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Movie Info

It's off to Africa for a former B-ball player who'd like to find a top-notch basketball recruit to help him become a successful coach. Kevin Bacon has the lead in this Paul Glaser-directed film.

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Kevin Bacon
as Jimmy Dolan
Yolanda Vazquez
as Sister Susan
Sean McCann
as Ray Fox
Dennis Patrick
as Father O'Hara
Ilo Mutombo
as Mifundo
Eric Menyuk
as Mark Collins
Keith Gibbs
as Buddy Wilson
Francis Mutei
as St. George
Yolanda Vasquez
as Sister Susan
Connie Chiume
as Mrs. Urudu
John Matshikiza
as Mingori Minging Company Clerk
Ken Gampu
as Itumbo
Jomo Lewarani
as The Bodyguard
John Lesley
as Banquet Emcee
Wendell Brereton
as 1st St. Joseph's Player
Falconer Abraham
as 2nd St. Joseph's Player
Peter Kigadi
as 1st Opozo
Benson Rateng
as 2nd Opozo
Bright Tjatji
as Winabi Boy
Ramolao Makhene
as Pawn Broker
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Critic Reviews for The Air Up There

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

Working a bit too hard to send the crowd into a frenzy, the action in this basketball-oriented yarn isn't exactly fantastic, but it is mildly entertaining.

March 24, 2008
Top Critic

Give or take the odd spot of predictable arrogance, however, it's a good-humoured, good-hearted film.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Children may find this funny, but the film isn't geared to very young audiences. It includes much more violence and profanity than its PG rating indicates.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Neither Max Apple's script nor Paul M. Glaser's direction succeeds in convincing you that these characters live, or that this story has anything to do with any thing.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Like the multitude of Disney visitors to Africa before (and after) him, he must learn to respect the noble savages he wishes to exploit. Saleh and his Winabis are not for sale -- at least, not immediately.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A lightweight, brainless family movie chronicling the triumph of the underdog.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Air Up There


this was a really fun movie. there were cheesy parts that would never fly in movies now, but it was heart warming and entertaining. i like this flick.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Forgot it.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Not bad, but very forgettable.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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