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Writer (WGA):
Gina Prince-Bythewood (written by)
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Release Date:
21 April 2000 (USA) See more »
A story of the passion it takes to keep your dreams alive. See more »
In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad... See more » | Add synopsis »
12 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Glenndon Chatman ... Young Quincy
Jess Willard ... Jamal

Chris Warren ... Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)

Kyla Pratt ... Young Monica

Alfre Woodard ... Camille Wright
Naykia Harris ... Young Lena

Harry Lennix ... Nathan Wright

Debbi Morgan ... Nona McCall

Dennis Haysbert ... Zeke McCall

Sanaa Lathan ... Monica Wright

Omar Epps ... Quincy McCall
Colleen Matsuhara ... UCLA Coach

Al Foster ... Coach Hiserman

Nathaniel Bellamy Jr. ... Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)

Regina Hall ... Lena Wright

Shar Jackson ... Felicia

Gabrielle Union ... Shawnee

James DuMont ... Reporter

Christine Dunford ... Coach Davis
April Griffin ... Dorsey High School Player

Boris Kodjoe ... Jason

Erika Ringor ... Sidra O'Neal

Kara Brock ... College Girl #1
Aichi Ali ... College Girl #2
Charles O'Bannon ... Reggie

Robin Roberts ... Herself

Dick Vitale ... Himself
Jimmy Lennon Jr. ... Sports announcer
Terry Cummings ... Himself
Andre Bellinger ... College Referee

Monica Calhoun ... Kerry

Dion Basco ... College Student
Marta Bou Morera ... Spanish Girl
Marta Crespo ... Spanish Girl
Raquel Hurtado ... Spanish Girl
Jordi Clemente ... Security guard

Jesse Corti ... Coach Parra
Leticia Oseguera ... Luisa
Mar Castro ... Lead Singer
Yussi Wenger ... Guitar
Django C. Porter ... Bass
Alberto de Almar ... Guitar
Paris H. Rooks ... Guitar
Julio Ledezma ... Percussion
Chick Hearn ... Himself
Stu Lantz ... Himself
Trevor Wilson ... Himself
Rebecca Patterson ... Nurse

Tyra Banks ... Kyra Kessler
Steve Spencer ... Laker's Trainer
Lisa Barkin Oxley ... Bank Officer
Madison Duvernay ... Lena's Baby
Nairobi Dickens ... Monica & Quincy's Baby
Sandra Von Embrigs ... Assistant Coach
Yolanda Higgins ... Assistant Coach
Wendy Levy ... Shayla
Sandra Pérez ... Sandra
Carla Houser ... Lisa
Marigold Clark ... Big Toni
Marte Alexander ... Zvette
Sabrina Roberson ... Lacresha
Audrey Gomez ... Audrey
Erica Jackson ... Erica
Valerie Agee ... Maryen
Afton Thompson ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Chevana Player ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Lorna Monique Clemmons ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Carenda Saunder ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Chandra Cole ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Shawnte Watson ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Krystal Braden ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Lakesha Willingham ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Jenece Johnson ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Erika Wilson ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Sharon Vigne ... Crenshaw High School Girl's Basketball Team
Major Dennis ... Assistant Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Coopwood ... Game Announcer (uncredited)

Gary Cruz ... Handsome Spaniard (uncredited)

Tony Davis ... Party Kid (uncredited)
Ahmad Enani ... Spanish Waiter (uncredited)
Roger Ferreira ... Father (uncredited)

Roshawn Franklin ... USC Player (uncredited)
Sunny Malick ... Spanish Guy (uncredited)

Gina Prince-Bythewood ... Diving Basketball Player (uncredited)

Brad Everett Young ... Enthusiastic Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Gina Prince-Bythewood 
Writing credits
Gina Prince-Bythewood (written by)

Produced by
Andrew Z. Davis .... executive producer
Cynthia Guidry .... executive producer
Sam Kitt .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Jay Stern .... executive producer
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos 
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Aisha Coley 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Howard 
Art Direction by
Sue Chan 
Set Decoration by
Dena Roth 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter  (as Ruth Carter)
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... additional makeup artist
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup artist
Sterfon Demings .... key hair stylist
Anita Gibson .... key makeup artist
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... key hair stylist
Carme Tenuta .... makeup artist
Laini Thompson .... makeup artist: Mr. Epps
Brian A. Tunstall .... key hair stylist (as Brian Andrew Tunstall)
Gisella Tutusaus .... makeup artist: Spain
Felicia Herron .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Phyllis Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ricardo Ceballos .... unit production manager: Spain unit
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
JoAnn Perritano .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danny Green .... assistant director: additional photography
Danny Green .... second assistant director
Mark Anthony Little .... first assistant director
Cristobal Martin .... assistant director: Spain
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Eduardo H. Esparza .... carpenter
Jimmie Herron Jr. .... property master
Dervon 'Von' Herron .... assistant property master
Bill Holmquist .... construction coordinator
Steven Ladish .... set dresser
Kathy Orlando .... buyer
Edward J. Protiva .... set dresser
Eric Reichardt .... painter gang boss
Glenn H. Roberts .... on-set dresser
Brett C. Smith .... leadman
Barry Jones .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... adr editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Kevin Hamilton .... dialogue editor
Kevin Hamilton .... sound editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound designer
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Ambrose .... set lighting technician
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer
Reggie Rock Bythewood .... photographer: Hi-8 footage
Dwight Campbell .... gaffer
Joe Chess .... Steadicam operator
Joe Chess .... camera operator: "b" camera
James F. Cornick .... rigging best boy
Pat Dames .... rigging grip
Jim Gordon .... grip
Lamarr Gray .... rigging electrician
Michael Lyon .... electrician
Ray Milazzo .... assistant camera
Simone Perusse .... best boy electric
Maricella Ramirez .... first assistant camera
James Lawrence Spencer .... set lighting technician
Michael Starkey .... key rigging grip
D. Stevens .... special photographer
R. Michael Stringer .... key grip
Monte Swann .... 24 frame video operator
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jerald L. Wilson .... lamp operator
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
Alex Ruttenberg .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Aviles .... costumer
Conan Castro Jr. .... set costumer
Marion Kirk .... key costumer
Helen Monaghan .... costumer supervisor
Lisa D. Quercioli .... PR costumer
Paula Truman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Lara B. Grant .... editorial production assistant
John Hendrickson .... assistant editor
Alexis Seymour .... assistant editor: avid
Mike Sowa .... digital mastering colorist
Music Department
Lori Andrews .... musician
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... orchestrator
Robin Burgess .... music session coordinator
Tony Dimito .... music editor
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Erika Duffee .... music session assistant
Paul Holliday .... music assistant
Pilar McCurry .... executive soundtrack producer
Dana Sano .... music executive
Kip Smedley .... assistant music engineer
Melodee Sutton .... music supervisor
Jay Weigel .... music preparation
Bob Bowen .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Burch .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Ted Moser .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Woodward .... driver
Other crew
Rod Bacote .... assistant location manager
Heath Banks .... assistant production coordinator
Maeyen A. Bassey .... assistant: Ms. Prince-Bythewood
Lamonte Bell .... payroll accountant
Denise Blasor .... voice-over artist
Brett Boydstun .... production coordinator
Frank Buckner .... production assistant
Jennifer Conroy .... assistant production coordinator
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... assistant location manager (as Judy Heinzen)
Maxine De Vere .... production coordinator: Spain (as Maxine Parker)
Danielle Fenati .... production assistant
Jamala Gaither .... set production assistant
Julie Hannum .... location scout
Dwight Hovey .... studio teacher
Jeremy Kendall .... production assistant
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
Colleen Matsuhara .... basketball advisor
Colleen Matsuhara .... basketball coach
Carol McConnaughey .... unit publicist
Melanie Miller .... clearance coordinator
Alexander Nicolas .... marketing
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
Steve Spencer .... basketball advisor
Steve Spencer .... basketball advisor
David Sporn .... contract administrator
Marilyn Tasso .... production accountant
Jeff Valeri .... production assistant
Scott Macleod .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Love and Basketball" - USA (closing credits title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language
124 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Producer Spike Lee believed the female lead should have believable basketball skills. Gina Prince-Bythewood said in an interview "I saw over 700 people for the part: actors, ballplayers, people who had never acted before in their life. It finally came down to Sanaa [Lathan] and Niesha Butler [a star player at Georgia Tech and 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year]. I put Sanaa with a basketball coach for two months and Niesha with an acting coach."See more »
Continuity: When Monica and Quincy are playing basketball for Quincy's heart, the Nike swoosh on Monica's sports bra appears and disappears.See more »
Young Monica:You stupid, and your daddy plays for the worst team in the NBA!
Young Quincy:What?
Young Monica:Last time they won, Dr. J was a nurse!
Young Quincy:[Pushing Monica to the ground] Shut up! I don't want to be your boyfriend any more, you ugly dog!
Young Monica:[Pushing Quincy down a hill] Well, I dont want to be your girlfriend any more, BIG HEAD!
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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A great relationship film, I give it a 10, 18 January 2002
Author: maccaveili from United States

First off, let me say that I am a huge fan of almost every sport known to mankind. Now perhaps because of this, you'd think I'd enjoy movies easier whose central theme revolves around a sport. Contrary to that notion though, I am often a hard rater of sports movies because I expect so much from them.

I really enjoyed this movie though. I thought the acting by both Lathan and Epps was outstanding. I found it to be extremely realistic, with the exception of seeing Epps in a Laker uniform, but other than that, it was real. At one point during the film, I really started to wonder if this film was based on a true story or something, how cool would that have been. Nonetheless, the fictional story is captivating.

Yes I am a guy and I love sports, but I do like watching the occassional love story. I liked Pearl Harbor and Titantic which revolved around love stories, and I liked this love story too. There is more to it though, than just two people who fall for each other who happen to play basketball.

There is the relationship not only between Quincy and Monica, but the relationships they had with their father and mother respectively. There is also the relationship they have with the world they live in, trying to find out what they really want in life. It really makes you think about how sometimes the very thing you are looking for is actually standing right there in front of you and you don't realize it.

In the end, I loved Love and Basketball, and I give it a 10.

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