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White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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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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Get Ready for Hustley See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Marques Johnson has a supporting role as Raymond, who loses a game to Snipes and Harrelson. Johnson was a star player for UCLA's 1974-75 national championship team coached by John Wooden and later played for the NBA's Bucks, Clippers and Warriors. See more »

Goofs

After Sidney misses the final shot in the best out of 5, the aerial view shows Billy walking away. In the next shot, he is still next to Sidney. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Deane: [insulting Billy] Doesn't this guy look like one of those motherfuckers from The Brady Bunch?
Junior: Yeah! He looks like Cindy!
[sings, insulting Billy]
Junior: The youngest one in curls...
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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 »

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

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Referenced in Show Leose Marese: Episode #1.7 (2015) See more »

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Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Can you, or should you hustle a hustler?
15 January 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

After Billy Hoyle hustles Sidney Deane on the basketball court, Deane offers Billy a proposition about teaming up to hustle the courts of Los Angeles. They are a great team, they are in fact wonderful players, but egos and greed are sure to become a problem, oh and Billy has some rather unsavoury characters after him to return a debt he owes. Can the boys resolve their differences? Can they keep their devoted women happy? All will be revealed in White Men Can't Jump.

White Men Can't Jump is a fine sports movie, offering up more than just a basic sport heart, it's funny, sly and really a rather effective piece of drama. The basketball scenes are very well handled by director Ron Shelton, with slow motion spins and beady drips of sweat glistening in the heat, and the chemistry between Woody Harrelson (Billy) and Wesley Snipes (Sidney) is first class, but really it's the power of Shelton's writing that makes this a most engaging picture (see also Bull Durham & the similarly undervalued Tin Cup).

After following these two guys thru their very rocky relationship you get to a point where you feel that we are about to wander down formula road, but Shelton pulls a trick to make the final last quarter an excellent, none conformity piece of film, one that judging by the less than favourable rating on this particular site, has not been wholly appreciated. Shame that, because other than Rosie Perez doing her best to annoy the viewers to death as Billy's suffering girlfriend Gloria Clemente, White Men Can't Jump is one of the better sports movies of the 90s. 7.5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,711,124, 29 March 1992

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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