Billy and Sydney think they're the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangster types.Written by
In his directorial debut, former minor league baseball player Ron Shelton hit a home run with Bull Durham (1988). The film propelled Tim Robbins, Kevin Costner, and Susan Sarandon to new levels, and even scored an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay for Shelton. After a foray away from sports with Blaze (1989), Shelton was inspired to return to what he knew best. "Even after making Bull Durham, I was just the white guy who could shoot", the filmmaker tells Entertainment Weekly of his place in his neighborhood following his breakout success. A regular in the local pick-up games. See more »
Sidney claims he presented Billy with an option to play Eddie The King Duck Johnson in a basketball game but in fact Sidney reminded Billy that he owed him a favor therefore Billy is obligated to return the favor to Sidney. See more »
Hey hey man, what's the score? Yo! Chump! I'm talking to you! I'm talking to the fucking air.
[sitting with the crowd watching Sidney and his friends play basketball on the Venice Beach basketball courts]
My name ain't chump, it's Billy Hoyle.
Billy Hoyle. BILLY HOYLE. Billy Hoyle. Okay Billy... can you count to ten, Billy?
Good. What's the score... Billy?
I don't know.
Then you're a chump.
[before Sydney snatches Bill's basketball away from him]
I may be a chump, I just said that wasn't my...
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In the opening credits, we can hear the classical 20th Century Fox Fanfare in a hip hop style. See more »
Greed and Basketball. How Can You Not Like This Film?
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson team up on the playgrounds of L.A. to hustle all comers. The direction is sharp and the cinematography is surprisingly impressive as the mean streets of Los Angeles are caught with striking camera shots. The under-rated screenplay is intelligent, focused, and clever. All in all "White Men Can't Jump" is far from being a classic, but it is still a fine film that is better than many think. 4 stars out of 5.
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