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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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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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Written by Bryan M. Dych
Performed by Two Headed Hound
Courtesy of Pen Music Group, Inc.
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Mordant exploration of racial discrimination in the world of sport.
8 February 2019 | by thomasbouchardperreaultSee all my reviews

Steven Soderbergh has always been interested in the commercial exploitation of the body (MAGIC MIKE, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE) and by the dreamers who attack the system (OCEAN'S ELEVEN, ERIN BROCKOVICH). We can easily see what could have interested him in this mordant exploration of racism in the sports industry. Especially since this film is based on a scenario well documented and astute, written by the coscenarist MOONLIGHT. Far from being a drama on the world of sport, HIGH FLYING BIRD is rather an acidic comedy on its dark side, which takes here sometimes the appearance of modern slavery. The particular parameters of the project (filming in 13 days with $ 2 million and an iPhone 7) have undoubtedly helped to boost the staging of this series of sharp verbal jousting, carried by the energetic André Holland ("The Knick" ), irresistible as an improvised reformer of a rotten system. Lastly, there is the periodic use of interviews with real athletes, which frequently gives credibility to the story.


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