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White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director:

Ron Shelton

Writer:

Ron Shelton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Sidney Deane
Woody Harrelson ... Billy Hoyle
Rosie Perez ... Gloria Clemente
Tyra Ferrell ... Rhonda Deane
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Robert
Kadeem Hardison ... Junior
Ernest Harden Jr. ... George
John Marshall Jones ... Walter
Marques Johnson Marques Johnson ... Raymond
David Roberson David Roberson ... T.J.
Kevin Benton ... Zeke
Nigel Miguel ... Dwight 'The Flight' McGhee
Duane Martin ... Willie Lewis
Bill Henderson ... The Venice Beach Boys
Sonny Craver Sonny Craver ... The Venice Beach Boys
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Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

It ain't easy being this good. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los blancos no la saben meter See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$76,253,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,753,806
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With its dunks and jokes solidly in place, the movie was a break out success, both critically and commercially, when it arrived in theaters in March 1992, helping catapult its lead actors to new heights. No longer "the other guy in Mo' Better Blues (1990) and seventh lead on Cheers (1982)" as Writer and Director Ron Shelton says they were before the film. Wesley Snipes would become one of the biggest action stars of the 1990s, and Woody Harrelson would later pick up Emmy and Oscar nominations. After first bonding on Wildcats (1986), the duo further established their strong friendship on this movie. As young actors on the rise, living and filming in Los Angeles, they had a good time, maybe too good a time, according to Snipes. "It's one of the fondest experiences of my professional life", he said. "I made a lifelong friend and a spiritual brother." For Shelton, the experience was bittersweet. He had a hit on his hands and would move on to Tin Cup (1996) and a reunion with Harrelson on Play It to the Bone (1999), but in 1997, he reluctantly was forced to sue Twentieth Century Fox over breach of contract for this movie. Even though Shelton won the suit, it squashed his plans for a sequel and television series. See more »

Goofs

While in the Deane's apartment, when Rhonda and Gloria are standing in front of the TV and one of Sydney's friends asks him to tell his wife to move, Sydney won't, saying "there's black women talking". However, Gloria isn't black. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Deane: [standing next to Billy's car, parked outside Sidney's apartment complex] You got a fine woman
Billy Hoyle: You keep your hands off her
Sidney Deane: What's the matter with you?I said she was fine, I didn't say I was going to touch her
Billy Hoyle: [pushes him] If you touch her I'll kick your ass you hear me?
Sidney Deane: Look at this, it's starting to come clear
Billy Hoyle: Good
Sidney Deane: you're a real cool customer on the court, real chill out there, can't be rattled in your game, you don't even fall for that "nigger" shit out there on the court, but when it comes to ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we can hear the classical 20th Century Fox Fanfare in a hip hop style. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some U.S. video versions are three minutes longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roseanne: White Men Can't Kiss (1994) See more »

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Performed by College Boyz
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courtship
22 September 2005 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A gritty comedy set in some tough LA neighborhoods about two basketball hustlers, one white (Woody Harrelson), the other black (Wesley Snipes). After hustling each other, they finally team up to play in a tournament, where with a combination of skill and trash talk they defeat the two guys who normally would have left them in the dust. The trash talk gets silly at times, while the subplot of underworld characters who are chasing Harrelson for an unpaid debt seems to be there only to explain logically why he hustles in the first place, as if he would do something else with his life. In any event, the games go from Venice Beach to Watts, and the settings are as good as the stars. Especially so are the cheap motels where Harrelson and girlfriend Rosie Perez have to live, and the inner city apartment where Snipes and his wife Tyra Ferrel call home, all of which adds up to a realistic slice of life at the time, which now seems to look quite a bit different. Intelligently written and well photographed, it has laid in the back of the shelves at countless video stores waiting to be rediscovered.


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