UN's secretary general uses covert operations to help diplomacy along. Shaw's called back 6 months after one such operation. He witnesses the murder of Chinese UN ambassador at UN, NYC, chases the assassin and ends up a suspect.
When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham.
A young woman is murdered in the White House. Homicide detective Regis/W.Snipes investigates while Secret Service works against him. He's assigned agent Chance/D.Lane. She eventually cooperates after a man's framed.
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
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 »
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 »
[standing next to Billy's car, parked outside Sidney's apartment complex]
You got a fine woman
You keep your hands off her
What's the matter with you?I said she was fine, I didn't say I was going to touch her
If you touch her I'll kick your ass you hear me?
Look at this, it's starting to come clear
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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In the opening credits, we can hear the classical 20th Century Fox Fanfare in a hip hop style. See more »
Some U.S. video versions are three minutes longer. See more »
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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