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He Got Game (1998)

 -  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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Crudup
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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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A father's freedom depends on his son's choice. 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:

£42,999 (UK) (4 September 1998)

Gross:

£42,999 (UK) (4 September 1998)
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Both of the schools Jesus narrows his choices down to, Big State and Tech University, are fictional. See more »

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Jesus Shuttlesworth: Basketball is like poetry in motion, cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he's fallin' back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, "What?"
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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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