Crossover

Crossover

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II, Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady

Cast: Preston A. Whitmore II, Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady

     
 

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Director Preston A. Whitmore II brings the thrill of the street to the big screen with a fast-moving tale of underground basketball that proves no matter what team you play for, in the end it's all about how much game you've got. The stroke of midnight has sounded and the crowd has gathered; it's time for some basketball. Forget

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Director Preston A. Whitmore II brings the thrill of the street to the big screen with a fast-moving tale of underground basketball that proves no matter what team you play for, in the end it's all about how much game you've got. The stroke of midnight has sounded and the crowd has gathered; it's time for some basketball. Forget about the rules of the NBA, though, and throw those college credentials out the window because they don't mean a thing in this court. In a converted rail station, the only players who gain respect are the ones left standing when the clock hits zero, and the current champions have been standing way too tall for far too long. Now a new generation is ready to take over the top spot, and young hopefuls Tech (Anthony Mackie) and Cruise (Wesley Jonathan) are leading the charge. With everything on the line and the challenge of a lifetime before them, these too young street-ballers will be forced to out-dribble, out-shoot, and out-run their more experienced competitors in order to win the game and pave the way for the next crop of street smart shooters.

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Because Crossover was made during a fertile period for urban competitive-performance movies, most of which were overloaded with sass and bravado, one might assume Preston A. Whitmore II's film would follow the same template. It's kind of surprising, then, that the movie ultimately doesn't have much to do with competitive performance, but rather, the trials of two friends just trying to make it in their worlds. Crossover does begin with a high-stakes street game played in a beautiful old building with cathedral ceilings, where the players showcase all manner of hoops wizardry and in-your-face moves. But then basketball takes a backseat for a while, and we're given an opportunity to really get to know Tech (Anthony Mackie) and Cruise (Wesley Jonathan), as well as their new love interests (Kristen Wilson and Eva Pigford), who may or may not be interested in them for the right reasons. Whitmore's film is best during the long introspective sections in which the young ballers consider their options, and refreshingly, only one of them is fixated on trying to go pro, while the other sees his future in doctor scrubs. Paradoxically, the basketball sections are the weakest. Not only are they composed of the improbably slick game choreography seen in most basketball movies, but they're also full of red herrings. For example, one character explains a number of different scenarios in which a team might forfeit, yet none of these ever rears its head. (Plus, a hustle pulled by Tech and his friend is shamelessly plundered from White Men Can't Jump.) A treat for fans of Chappelle's Show: appearing as a soulless agent/bookie who manipulates talented amateurs, Wayne Brady resembles the spoof version of himself from that show, in which this famous nice guy drives the streets doing drugs and threatening prostitutes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
UPC:
0043396161498
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
25,970

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Commentary with director Preston A. Whitmore, II & Wesley Jonathan

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Mackie Tech
Wesley Jonathan Noah Cruise
Wayne Brady Vaughn
Kristen Wilson Nikki
Lil' J.J. Up
Phillip "Hot Sauce" Champion Jewelz
Eva Pigford Vanessa
Alecia Fears Eboni
Neil Richardson ADR Voice

Technical Credits
Preston A. Whitmore Director,Screenwriter
Anthony Adler Editor
Okera Banks Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Bowen Special Effects Supervisor
Regina Gordon Asst. Director
Tom T. Gores Executive Producer
Johnny O. Lopez Executive Producer
Frank Mancuso Producer
Aaron Mazzolini Co-producer
Brandi Mitchell Makeup
Lorenzo O'Brien Co-producer
Robi Reed Casting
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
Dawn Snyder Production Designer
Paul Stewart Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthias Weber Score Composer
Beau Williams Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crossover
1. Paying Debts [6:20]
2. Enemy of the State [9:57]
3. New Bruin [8:17]
4. Chasing Dreams [10:00]
5. Pool Party [7:51]
6. Going Pro [9:01]
7. Big Time [5:02]
8. Official Business [5:49]
9. Back to Life [7:27]
10. Getting Played [6:46]
11. From the Heart [10:57]
12. Great Minds [7:55]

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