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
Writer and Director Ron Shelton wrote the first thirty-seven pages in one night until things came to a complete halt, "It was written very fast", he explains , "I was trying to figure out what Gloria's thing was. It had to be so unconnected from the guys. Because that's big for me, to make sure that the women aren't defined in terms of the guy business." After he heard someone discussing their friend's aspiration to get on Jeopardy! (1984), the final piece was in place. "There's no logic to it -- it's sort of the Hollywood dream." See more »
When Woody is talking smack to Willie at the tournament about building a house with all of his bricks, Willie makes a comment about Aunt Mae's Beanpies. When they cut to the next scene with Woody and Wesley, Willie is in the background yelling the exact same lines he was just on camera saying. See more »
Ron Shelton does it again. He does a great job of capturing the culture of basketball hustlers and how they go from court to court hustling games and making money. He gets everything right even down to the trash talk on the court. Woody Harrelson is perfect as the n'er do well Billy and Wesley Snipes is perfect as the fast talking Sidney. This also to me is the breakout performance of Rosie Perez. Perez is perfect as Billy's kookie girlfriend Gloria. This film is definitely a classic.
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