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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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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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Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

When Spence is talking with Ray Burke, he chides him about his Ivy League education. Ray says he didn't go Ivy, and Spence says, "Rutgers, Black Ivy." Rutgers is not a member of the Ivy League but rather the State University of New Jersey. See more »

Quotes

Sam: I know you're old school. I sent you a fax.
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Written by Adam P. Kelly and John Emmanuel
Performed by Adamn Killa
Courtesy of Brednbutter
By arrangement with Gravelpit Music on behalf of Transparent Agency
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If boring was the aim then they hit the bullseye no doubt.
9 February 2019 | by tkaine3See all my reviews

4/10 🌠🌠🌠🌠 I love sports, so all of the entity's surrounding the game I usually have a high interest for. This film follows a basketball sports agent navigating one of his rookie clients through a tumultuous time of an NBA lockdown. The cast for this film was a small handful of people but the majority of them were black and I appreciated that. The acting was formidable nothing amazing or any standout stars so why such a low rating... Entertainment value in this film was at an all time low... I even said to myself this film is extremely boring and seconds later the well known actress in the limo said over the phone don't bore me. I actually know a few sports agents personally and one of them retired from pro football and I know a lot about there career is tedious and hard among other things but c'mon this film which takes place during an NBA lockdown could have been so much more interesting and informative even the cut ins from the real pro athletes like D.Mitchell and Karl-Anthony could have added to the film to make it better but instead it swayed the movie to feel more like a documentary. Also the color hue and the terrible camera angles early on gave me a headache. The semi Fisheye wide angle lens did not fit the scenery at all. I have come to realize one recurring theme with Netflix originals they can be Pretty good movies at times but never will they be masterpieces. Whether the storyline falls short or the acting from a small budget or just not being original, something will dramatically fall short and stunt the film from being a great movie... All in all I would say skip this film it just doesn't have enough entertaining value to be a movie if it was a true documentary then maybe it could've worked.


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