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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

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 ... 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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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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Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Flying Bird See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Soderbergh finished the rough cut of the film three hours after principal photography wrapped. 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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Soundtracks

Roof Roof
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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A Social Issues Film; Not a "Basketball Movie"
13 February 2019 | by thomasemoranSee all my reviews

If you're going into this expecting some cookie-cutter underdog basketball film that telegraphs its plot from the opening scene, you are going to be disappointed. However, if you are going into this looking for a film that actually addresses and comments on society and social issues in a poignant and intelligent way, you will find that. Many reviews are complaining that they "didn't understand" or "don't get it" or didn't understand some of the references. That's kind of the point. If you know about these things, the film is masterful at examining the power dynamic and sparking criticism of the structure in American professional athletics. If you don't know about the content in the film, now you know which questions to ask and where to look for more information to be able to understand them.

But no, it isn't like Above the Rim, Coach Carter, Glory Road, or Hoosiers. It's nothing like that, and it doesn't present itself as such. It isn't a film about playing basketball; it is a film about the inherent flaws in the system in which basketball is played--and why it is designed to be that way.


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