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High Flying Bird (2019)

TV-MA | | Drama, Sport | 8 February 2019 (USA)
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A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout.

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Steven Soderbergh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
André Holland ... Ray Burke
Melvin Gregg ... Erick Scott
Eddie Tavares ... Waiter
Farah Bala ... Manager Sal
Skip Bayless ... Himself
Shannon Sharpe Shannon Sharpe ... Himself
Joy Taylor Joy Taylor ... Herself
Zazie Beetz ... Sam
Bill Duke ... Spence
Zachary Quinto ... David Starr
Caleb McLaughlin ... Darius
Bobbi A Bordley ... Freddy (as Bobbi Bordley)
Sonja Sohn ... Myra
Kyle MacLachlan ... David Seton
Jeryl Prescott ... Emera Umber
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A sports agent pitches a rookie basketball client on an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during a lockout.

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Play the Game on top of the Game

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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

During the session at the Back to the Court one of the kids asks Erick Scott if the girls are sexy in New Orleans, and he replies that he went to LSU which is in Baton Rouge, then says the girls were college sexy. Another youngster says, "HBC" in reference to Southern University, an Historically Black College. See more »

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Sam: I know you're old school. I sent you a fax.
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Handsome Johnny
Written by Louis Gossett Jr. and Richie Havens (as Richard Pierce Havens)
Performed by Richie Havens
Courtesy of Polydor Records
Used by permission of EMI Unart Catalog Inc.
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Small camera, big issues
9 February 2019 | by screenotesSee all my reviews

Soderberg's latest experimentation with the iPhone focuses on a struggling idealistic player agent during an NBA "lockout". You may wonder how so small a camera manages to capture or at least replicate the drama of fast-paced sporting action, particularly the pinnacle grandstand moment of that ole rags to riches sports tale. Without spoiling anything, let me tell you it doesn't. Or more to the point, High Flying Bird is less concerned with the sport of basketball itself than it is with "The game on top of the game".

Instead of an arena, the game is played out in offices and instead of action, there is dialogue. Considering the constrained budget and production schedule, it is a testament to the cast and to the screenplay that the film holds together at all. And yet it does. The performances are naturalistic while the story moves along at pace, generally eschewing exposition.

In keeping its focus narrow, centring on a small cast of characters, Tyrell Alvin McCraney's screenplay cuts to the core of issues of race and power in the NBA without a whisper of melodrama. In fact, considering the wider story it is telling High Flying Bird remains upbeat and inherently promotes a message of positivity.

High Flying Bird will not be for everyone, it could be accused of being a little dry. However it is an intriguing experiment in film-making which finds a new way to tell a story which needs telling.


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