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He Got Game ()


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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

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Jake Shuttlesworth
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Jesus Shuttlesworth
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Dakota Burns
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Lala Bonilla
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Coleman 'Booger' Sykes
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Mary Shuttlesworth
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Warden Wyatt
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Spivey
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Crudup
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Uncle Bubba
Michele Shay ...
Aunt Sally
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Sweetness
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Big Time Willie
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Coach Billy Sunday
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Martha Shuttlesworth
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Coach Cincotta
Travis Best ...
Sip
Walter McCarty ...
Mance
John Wallace ...
Lonnie
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Chick Deagan
Al Palagonia ...
Dom Pagnotti
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D'Andre Mackey
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Prison Guard Books
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Prison Guard Burwell
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Jesus Shuttleshworth (Age 12)
Shortee Red ...
Booger (Age 12)
Quinn Harris ...
Mary Shuttlesworth (Age 6)
Dean Smith ...
Himself
Lute Olson ...
Himself
John Chaney ...
Himself
John Thompson ...
Himself
Roy Williams ...
Himself
Nolan Richardson ...
Himself
Denny Crum ...
Himself
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Himself
Clem Haskins ...
Himself
George Karl ...
Himself
Jim Boeheim ...
Himself
Rick Pitino ...
Himself (as Richard Pitino)
Bobby Cremins ...
Himself (as Robert 'Bobby' Cremins)
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Charles Barkley
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Himself
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Himself
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Herself
Gus Johnson ...
PSAL Announcer
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TV Announcer
Ray Clay ...
Tech U Announcer
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Doctor Cone
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Clerk In Motel
Avery Glymph ...
Sneaker Clerk
Ciara A. Shields ...
Mary's Friend
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'I Love You' Leech (as Linque Ayoung)
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'I Love You' Leech
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'I Love You' Leech (as Dionne D. Phillips)
Gary Frith ...
'I Love You' Leech
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'I Love You' Leech
Harry Philippe ...
'I Love You' Leech
Kelli-Lin McMillan ...
'I Love You' Leech
Lamar Tookes ...
'I Love You' Leech
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Man With Gat
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Female In Sex Montage
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The John
Alonzo Scales ...
Goose
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June
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Lynn
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Molly
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Buffy (as Tiffany Jones)
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Suzie
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Ms. Janus
Anthony T. Paige ...
Correctional Officer (as Tony Paige)
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Young girl (as Alba Albanese)
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Basketball Player in Opening Montage (uncredited)
Fred Benjamin ...
Grady High School Rival Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Agent's Daughter (uncredited)
Mel City ...
Playground Kid (uncredited)
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Himself - Basketball Player in Opening Montage (uncredited)
James McKnight ...
I love You Leech (uncredited)
Wil Smith ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Spike Lee

Written by

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Spike Lee ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sonya Burres ... supervising producer
Jon Kilik ... producer
Spike Lee ... producer

Cinematography by

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Ellen Kuras
Malik Hassan Sayeed

Film Editing by

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Barry Alexander Brown

Editorial Department

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Miles Ferguson ... post-production coordinator
Allyson C. Johnson ... assistant editor
Arthur Schlenger ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Aisha Coley

Production Design by

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Wynn Thomas

Art Direction by

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David Stein

Set Decoration by

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Carolyn Cartwright

Costume Design by

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Sandra Hernandez

Production Management

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Jon Kilik ... unit production manager
Mike Phillips ... production supervisor
Miguel Ángel Poveda ... post-production supervisor
Karen L. Thorson ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mike Ellis ... first assistant director
Sarah Gyllenstierna ... second second assistant director
Tracey Hinds ... second assistant director
Laurie Jackson ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Gillian Albinski ... key property assistant: North Carolina (as Gillian V. Albinski)
Anthony Baldasare ... key propman
Lauren Doner ... scenic artist
Rochelle Edelson ... camera scenic artist
Jeffrey L. Glave ... scenic artist
Jonathan Graham ... key construction grip
Erik Knight ... art department coordinator
Byron K. Lovelace ... set dresser
Nick Miller ... construction coordinator
Joan Winters ... graphic designer
Douglas G. Young ... props assistant: North Carolina
Keven Lock ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Alek Bromke ... adr recording assistant: Toronto
Allan Byer ... production sound mixer
Richard Calistan ... adr mixer: Toronto
Tim J. Carroll ... consultant: Dolby Digital
Benjamin Cheah ... supervising foley editor
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Jeff Formosa ... sound editor
Annette Kudrak ... adr editor
Kevin Lee ... supervising sound editor
Blake Leyh ... sound effects editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson ... first assistant sound editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Michael Miller ... adr mixer
Mathew Price ... production sound mixer
Will Ralston ... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Kay Denmark ... adr boom operator (uncredited)
Jay Peck ... foley artist (uncredited)
Alex Soto ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Leung ... digital artist
Matt McDonald ... digital compositor
Gray Miller ... title animator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Lisa France ... stunt double: Lonette McKee
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert M. Andres ... key grip
Kelly R. Borisy ... dolly grip
Michael F. Burke ... gaffer: New York (as Michael Burke)
Steve Calalang ... additional second assistant camera
Brian Carmichael ... video operator
Matt Chubet ... grip
Xiomara Comrie ... assistant camera
Stephen Consentino ... steadicam operator
Lamont Crawford ... key dolly grip
Sean Fairburn ... camera operator
Ben D. Griffith Jr. ... key grip: second unit
Edward 'Gooch' Gutierrez ... key grip: Los Angeles
Cinqué Lee ... videographer
Rick Marroquin ... grip
Geary McLeod ... camera operator
John Merrick ... key grip: North Carolina
Jim Miller ... key rigging grip
David Norris ... aerial director of photography
Phil Oetiker ... camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke ... gaffer
Noah Prince ... best boy/electric
Leigh Rathner ... second assistant camera
Chris Skutch ... best boy grip
Jonas Steadman ... steadicam focus puller
Arthur Szefer ... assistant camera
Jeffery J. Tufano ... director of photography: second unit
Craig Vaccaro ... best boy rigging grip
Susanna Virtanen ... co-first assistant camera
Don Cornett ... photo-sonics camera technician (uncredited)
Kelly Rubottom ... dolly grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Winsome Sinclair ... extras casting
Theron Smith ... extras casting associate
Alpha Tyler ... casting assistant
Mel City ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mindy Gantt Bass ... costumer
Sandi Figueroa ... wardrobe supervisor
David F. Zambrana ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Stephen Andrzejewski ... location manager: Chicago
Charlynne J. Hopson ... location scout
Gregory Routt ... assistant location manager
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler ... location production assistant
Geoffrey Ryan ... location manager: North Carolina second unit
Al Valentine ... location manager
Sammy Verni ... location assistant
John Verni ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Scott Hardkiss ... composer: additional music
Kathy Nelson ... executive in charge of music: Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
Alex Steyermark ... music supervisor
Maisie Weissman ... music editor
Mike De Saulles ... violinist (uncredited)
Jean Demery ... general music supervisor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Neil Castles Jr. ... driver
Mike Easter ... transportation co-captain
Todd Luckey ... driver
Bobby Marsh ... driver
John Rice Sr. ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Cynthia Abrams ... script supervisor: second unit
David Bausch ... production secretary
Jackie Bazan ... Publicist / Unit Publicist
Amy Carter ... first assistant production accountant
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot
Paulette D. Clark ... pre-production coordinator
Cliff Duane Cochran ... production assistant
Colin Cumberbatch ... assistant production coordinator
Alan Jones ... production assistant
Jason Lampkin ... staff: 40 Acres
Cinqué Lee ... video archivist
Keegan Martin ... production assistant
Jennifer Martinez ... production assistant: edit room
LeRoy McCarthy ... intern
Earl Monroe ... technical advisor
Rafael Osorio ... set production assistant
Kelley Pate ... assistant: Mr. Sayeed
Mike Phillips ... production accountant
Michael A. Pinckney ... production assistant
Michael K. Reynolds ... assistant chef
Vernon Rodriquez ... parking assistant
Carmen Rodríguez ... accounting assistant
Evelyn Santana ... publicist
Beth Tyler ... script supervisor
Ithiell Yisrael ... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (uncredited)
Mimi Everett ... title designer (uncredited)
Traci Hainsworth ... production resources (uncredited)
Peter Kelley ... dialogue coach: Rick Fox (uncredited)
Coati Mundi ... adr voice (uncredited)
Nelson Pereyra ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines The father, the son and the holy game. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Last Game (Japan, English title)
  • Spiel des Lebens (Germany)
  • Spike Lee's Spiel des Lebens (Germany)
  • Una mala jugada (Spain)
  • No perdonarás (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 136 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,610,663, 03 May 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia Ray Allen and Spike Lee have had conversations about having a de facto sequel to this film, with Allen saying he would envision Jesus Shuttlesworth nearing the end of a successful pro career (much like Allen himself). As part of his expression of interest in such a project, when Miami Heat players were allowed to wear special jerseys with nicknames or initials as part of an NBA promotion, Allen's jersey said "J. Shuttlesworth" on the back--an image Spike Lee immediately and happily posted to Instagram. See more »
Goofs At first while D'Andre is touching Lala's neck, he's not wearing any ring - next scene he's wearing a silver ring on his ring finger. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in He Got Game/The Truce/Two Girls and a Guy/Sliding Doors/Deja Vu (1998). See more »
Soundtracks John Henry See more »
Quotes Jesus Shuttlesworth: Basketball is like poetry in motion, cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he's fallin' back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, "What?"
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