If you watch college basketball's glossy championship Final Four, remember that you are being presented just the final, highly-processed entrée from the Big Time Sports kitchen. Hoop Dreams, the most important sports documentary ever made, takes you inside the sausage factory that grinds behind the hype.
The film follows two very good, but very poor, high school basketball stars for four full years. We're there when the street hustlers, self-interested coaches and family members—both well-meaning and not—fall upon them. Sadly the vicious system Hoop Dreams exposed almost 20 years ago has only gotten worse. Enjoy the games!