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High Flying Bird (2019)

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

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Steven Soderbergh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Holland ... Ray Burke
Melvin Gregg ... Erick Scott
Eddie Tavares ... Waiter
Farah Bala ... Manager Sal
Skip Bayless ... Self
Shannon Sharpe ... Self
Joy Taylor Joy Taylor ... Self
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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Director: Steven Soderbergh
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In the midst of a pro basketball lockout, sports agent Ray Burke (André Holland) finds himself caught in the face-off between the league and the players. His career is on the line, but Ray is playing for higher stakes. With only 72 hours to pull off a daring plan, he outmaneuvers all the power-players as he uncovers a loophole that could change the game forever. The outcome raises questions of who owns the game - and who ought to. Written by Netflix

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Play the Game on top of the Game

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Drama | Sport

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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 »

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When Ray and Myra are talking in Myra her office, the Iphone and its tripod used for shooting are visible in the window reflection. See more »

Quotes

Sam: I know you're old school. I sent you a fax.
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References Deadpool 2 (2018) See more »

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I Wish
Written by Anne Dudley (as Anne Jennifer Dudley), Malcolm McLaren (as Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren), Al Flythe (as Alvin Wink Flythe, Jr.), Trevor Horn (as Trevor Charles Horn) and Skee-Lo (as Antoine Roundtree)
Performed by Skee-Lo
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Energetic but frustrating.
2 March 2019 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Popping up on Netflix with their usual amount of pre-publicity (ie, virtually none), it's strange to think that a Steven Soderbergh movie can be dropped on the masses with little fanfare. But this is the streaming world we live in now. Styled somewhat as the basketball version of Moneyball, this fast-talking drama delves into the big-money business side of the sport - "the game on top of the game" - during a patience-testing lockout. Heavy on dialogue and light on explanation, Tarell Alvin McCraney's script is frustratingly oblique and borderline pretentious. The passion is clearly there, especially about bringing the sport back to its roots, but when everyone talks in riddles it becomes hard to care who wins and who loses. Soderbergh directs with minimal fuss, the entire film being shot on an iPhone (albeit with a relatively hefty post-production budget). He injects a few panning shots and scene transition effects, but otherwise lets his actors do most of the heavy lifting. Andre Holland (Moonlight) is decent as next-level agent Ray Burke and Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) is charismatic as his eager offsider, however it's Hollywood veteran Bill Duke (Predator) who shines brightest as an aging, old-school youth basketball coach who is endearingly stubborn. Unfortunately those on the other side of the equation, such as Kyle MacLachlan's team owner and Zachary Quinto's corporate higher-up, are one-dimensional stereotypes; disappointingly low-hanging fruit for the movie to target. There's a great movie - or better yet, a stage play - in here somewhere, but in its current form High Flying Bird is exasperatingly inaccessible.


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