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White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances.

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Robert
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Junior
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George
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Walter
Marques Johnson ...
Raymond
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T.J.
Kevin Benton ...
Zeke
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Dwight 'The Flight' McGhee
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Willie Lewis
Bill Henderson ...
The Venice Beach Boys
Sonny Craver ...
The Venice Beach Boys
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Storyline

Billy and Sydney think they're the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangster types. Written by Rob Hartill

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It ain't easy being this good. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los blancos no la saben meter  »

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$76,253,806 (USA)
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The musical R&B quintet Boys II Men Riff recorded a song and accompanying music video called "White Men Can't Jump" for the movie. The music video featured Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez. It can be seen on the DVD release with bonus features. See more »

Goofs

When playing against Raymond, Sydney reminds Billy that they can win $500 but when Raymond sold his gun he was only able to sell it for $250, therefore Billy and Sydney would only win $250, not $500. See more »

Quotes

Junior: [while on the Venice Beach basketball courts] Your mother's so poor I saw her kicking cans and I asked her what she was doing she said "moving"
George: Your mother's so old she used to drive chariots to high school
Junior: Your mother's so fat when she fell over, broke her leg and gravy poured out
George: I told your mother to act her age and the bitch dropped dead
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we can hear the classical 20th Century Fox Fanfare in a hip hop style. See more »

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Referenced in Nude Men Can Jump (1995) See more »

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GLORIA
Written by Ron Shelton and Woody Harrelson
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22 September 2005 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A gritty comedy set in some tough LA neighborhoods about two basketball hustlers, one white (Woody Harrelson), the other black (Wesley Snipes). After hustling each other, they finally team up to play in a tournament, where with a combination of skill and trash talk they defeat the two guys who normally would have left them in the dust. The trash talk gets silly at times, while the subplot of underworld characters who are chasing Harrelson for an unpaid debt seems to be there only to explain logically why he hustles in the first place, as if he would do something else with his life. In any event, the games go from Venice Beach to Watts, and the settings are as good as the stars. Especially so are the cheap motels where Harrelson and girlfriend Rosie Perez have to live, and the inner city apartment where Snipes and his wife Tyra Ferrel call home, all of which adds up to a realistic slice of life at the time, which now seems to look quite a bit different. Intelligently written and well photographed, it has laid in the back of the shelves at countless video stores waiting to be rediscovered.


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