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Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 21 April 2000 (USA)
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Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenndon Chatman Glenndon Chatman ... Young Quincy
Jess Willard Jess Willard ... Jamal
Chris Warren ... Kelvin (as Chris Warren Jr.)
Kyla Pratt ... Young Monica
Alfre Woodard ... Camille Wright
Naykia Harris Naykia Harris ... Young Lena
Harry Lennix ... Nathan Wright
Debbi Morgan ... Nona McCall
Dennis Haysbert ... Zeke McCall
Sanaa Lathan ... Monica Wright
Omar Epps ... Quincy McCall
Colleen Matsuhara Colleen Matsuhara ... UCLA Coach
Al Foster Al Foster ... Coach Hiserman
Nathaniel Bellamy Jr. ... Highschool Referee #1 (as Nathaniel Bellamy)
Regina Hall ... Lena Wright
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Storyline

In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with Monica's edge and Quincy's top-dog attitude separating them, except when Quincy's parents argue and he climbs through Monica's window to sleep on the floor. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing ball at USC, Quincy's relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a break up with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. It's time for a final game of one-on-one with high stakes. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A story of the passion it takes to keep your dreams alive. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Basketball See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,139,180, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,441,122, 13 August 2000
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gina Prince-Bythewood's script sparked a bidding war after a reading at the Sundance Institute with Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule winning out. See more »

Goofs

At the dance, Monica tells her date she feels hot, so Jason goes to get her some punch. Quincy comes over to talk to Monica, then has an awkward moment when Jason returns and takes Monica onto the dance floor. Jason never has or mentions punch. See more »

Quotes

Shawnee: [after noticing Monica at the dance] Damn, girl, I didn't know Nike made dresses.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the creidts show Quincy's and Monica's daughter dunking a basketball . See more »

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Rock Me Tonight
Written by Paul Laurence
Performed by Freddie Jackson
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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I never saw this side of basketball before
14 April 2002 | by chuckrulesSee all my reviews

Follows the relationship of Monica and Q from elementary school, through high school, college, and life afterwards as they grow to maturity on the court and off. Sanaa Lathan is great as Monica, the girl who wants nothing more than to be the first woman to play in the NBA yet slowly begins to realize there is something greater missing from her life. Omar Epps does his usual fine performance as Q, a boy striving to be better than his NBA star father who learns that a man doesn't necessarily have to be a star. The basketball scenes are well shot and pretty realistic in the aspect of how male and female teams are viewed by the fans. Overall a very enjoyable movie.


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