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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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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:

A játék ördöge  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£42,999 (UK) (4 September 1998)

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£42,999 (UK) (4 September 1998)
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Spike Lee's first film to open at #1 at the US box office. See more »

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Jake Shuttlesworth: Let me tell you something son, you get that hatred out your heart, or you'll end up just another nigga, like your father.
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A fascinating performance by Denzel Washington in a solid film.
4 November 1998 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington has one of his greatest charcaters in Jake Shuttlesworth in this compelling film by Spike Lee. Jake is a man serving a life sentence for the accidental murder of his wife during a domestic dispute. The dispute centered around Jake's aggressive coaching of his young son Jesus who he is obsessed with turning into a basketball star. As the film opens we learn that Jesus (effectively played by Ray Allen) has indeed become a high school basketball star and is being now aggressively pursued by University teams and commercial agents. In a somewhat fanciful, yet unfortunately believable plot device the Governor promises Jake early release from prison if he can convince his son to go to Big State. Much of this film is amazingly well executed my only regret comes around some of the gender politics of the film (many of the female characters are underdeveloped and/or cartoonishly stereotyped). This is particularly unfortunate because the film has so much to say about the intersections of patriarchy/economic injustice/racism that I wish Spike Lee could have been a little more consistent with his development of the women characters (one notable exception is a brilliantly realized performance by Milla Javovich as a prostitute that rooms next to Jake). This said the film is still an important accomplishment and should be seen.


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