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He Got Game (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  1 May 1998 (USA)
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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

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Dakota Burns
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Lala Bonilla
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Coleman 'Booger' Sykes
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Warden Wyatt
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Spivey
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Crudup
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Big Time Willie
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Martha Shuttlesworth
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Storyline

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother. Written by Anonymous

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The father, the son and the holy game. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexuality, some drug content and violence | See all certifications »

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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tudo em Jogo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,610,663 (USA) (1 May 1998)

Gross:

£42,999 (UK) (4 September 1998)
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The shoes that Jake purchases at the store are the Air Jordan 13's See more »

Quotes

Jesus Shuttlesworth: God ain't shit!
Jake Shuttlesworth: Number one, why you gotta use this kinda language? What you some kinda heathen now? You don't make no mistakes? You be out here shootin', but you don't miss no shots ever? EVER? People make mistakes! People veer off the path! God forgives them!
Jesus Shuttlesworth: Has God forgiven you for killing my mother?
Jake Shuttlesworth: I pray that he has, Son. I believe he has. When will you?
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House of the Rising Son
Written by Chuck D. (as Chuck D), Kerwin Young and Pete Townshend
Contains a sample of "Won't Get Fooled Again"
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Public Enemy
Produced by Kerwin Young
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A dark and unsettling film about basketball
20 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

It finally happened, and the movie we all thought Spike Lee would make became reality. With Lee's own little foray into the basketball world, I always wondered when he would create a story which reflected his unique views of the game. While sometimes over sensationalized, he depicted a seedy world comprised of two-faced individuals all the way down to the seedy high school coach to the professional agent. I also felt it depicted some very frank images of the cultural aspects of athletics, the sex, the money and the little freebies. While the film didn't need the story between Denzel Washington and Milla Jovovich, it was strong in most aspects. It was a bit of a change of pace for Spike Lee, considering the graininess of the film stock and the rather mundane colors. Also, Ray Allen had one of the best pro athletes-turned-actor performances in a long time.


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