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Writer (WGA):
Gina Prince-Bythewood (written by)
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Release Date:
21 April 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A story of the passion it takes to keep your dreams alive. See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
12 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Glenndon Chatman ... Young Quincy
Jess Willard ... Jamal

Chris Warren Jr. ... Kelvin

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)

Roshawn Franklin ... USC Player (uncredited)

Sunny Malick ... Spanish Guy (uncredited)

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

Brad Everett Young ... Enthusiastic Fan (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gina Prince-Bythewood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Ambrose .... set lighting technician
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
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
 
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
Colleen Matsuhara .... basketball advisor
Colleen Matsuhara .... basketball coach
Carol McConnaughey .... unit publicist
Melanie Miller .... clearance coordinator
Alexander Nicolas .... marketing
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language
Runtime:
124 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sanaa Lathan said her basketball tryout was terrible because she'd never played before. "It was so embarrassing because literally I didn't know how to dribble. I didn't know how to hold the ball. But I'm proud of how it looks [in the movie]. I had no idea I would be able to do it."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Omar Epps' tattoo is visible during the love scene, despite being covered with make-up.See more »
Quotes:
Quincy:All's fair in love and basketball.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
My PrerogativeSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Everybody's All-American sepiaized x 2, 30 July 2000
Author: Ms. V from Sacramento, CA

Instantly, when I watched this one, I could not help but harken back to Everybody's All-American, which had sports as an undercurrent to the central love story between Gavin and Babs streching a full quarter-century in spanning four decades. Even with football enveloping all which had entwined their lives, the humaneness of those two characters could not be discounted, especially with Babs emerging into a more stronger character who came into her own as a woman and an individual toward the film's end.

I bring that up to start my assessment of Love and Basketball. Yes, there were differences, of course, with Quincy (Omar Epps, of whose work I have been a fan of since "Juice" in 1992) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan, who has seemingly come from nowhere to emerge as a serious talent to be reckoned with on the screen!) both being African-American. And instead of football, the sport was basketball. And instead of one athlete, there were two, as Monica was a superior talent on par with Gavin Gray and Quincy McCall. And the story, of course, was set more in the recent past, from 1981 to the present.

Nonethelss, this was also a film which touched my heart. I loved the depth which both actors in this film displayed, showing them not only as athletes and people, but also as they were with regard to their families as well. And the depths from where they came to where they ultimately went, from their beginnings as children to the adults they grew up into, was nothing short of amazing. I saw this not as a "black" movie, but rather as a movie about African-Americans and their dreams, desires, pains and triumphs as individuals and as a couple.

The way this was broken down into four quarters is a testament to Gina Prince-RockByTheWood's astute writing and directing. And the supporting cast was on-mark also, from Alfre Woodard and Debbi Morgan on through to Dennis Haysbert and Harry J. Lennix...as well as Tyra Banks in her smaller yet significant role as the film bore on down the stretch. All-in-all, a film definitely worth the see. I came away with a warm smile not only on my face, but in my heart as well.

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