He Got Game

He Got Game

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Director: Spike Lee

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich

     
 

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Spike Lee's tale of basketball and fathers and sons, He Got Game, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is aSee more details below

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Spike Lee's tale of basketball and fathers and sons, He Got Game, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a bare-bones release from Disney/Buena Vista, but it does offer strong picture and excellent sound quality.

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After laughable big-screen forays by Shaquille O'Neal and Dennis Rodman, it may come as a surprise that there are professional basketball players who can actually act. One such diamond in the rough is Ray Allen, who came out of nowhere to be the heart and soul of He Got Game, Spike Lee's first film about his favorite sport. Allen's flawless performance as a Brooklyn high-school prodigy at the center of a maelstrom of attention and expectations is just one of the astonishing things about Lee's triumphant film. Another is Denzel Washington, whose Jake Shuttlesworth lands in the unenviable position of trying to sweet-talk his estranged son, Jesus (Allen), who blames Jake for the death of his mother. The gifted actor knows just how to walk the thin line between menace and sympathy in portraying the flawed convict who nearly broke his son's spirit trying to perfect the young boy's game. At its core, Lee's film is a poetic homage to hoops (check out the loving opening credits montage) and an examination of the complexity of family relations. But it's sharpest -- and indeed quite funny -- when it dissects the interwoven web of coaches, agents, women, and tenuous acquaintances who are just chomping at the bit to exploit these star players. Jesus' opportunities come so fast and furious that it takes intense will power to avoid the kind of slip-ups that could cost him his eligibility, and quite possibly, a promising NBA career. As ever, Lee's film is enhanced by a strong soundtrack, especially Public Enemy's memorable update of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0717951000750
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:16:00
Sales rank:
5,774

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio ; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Jake Shuttlesworth
Ray Allen Jesus Shuttlesworth
Milla Jovovich Dakota Burns
Rosario Dawson Lala Bonilla
Hill Harper Coleman (Bogger) Sykes
Zelda Harris Mary Shuttlesworth
Jim Brown Spivey
Joseph Lyle Taylor Crudup
Ned Beatty Warden Wyatt
Bill Nunn Uncle Bubba
Michele Shay Aunt Sally
Thomas Jefferson Byrd Sweetness
Lonette McKee Martha Shuttlesworth
John Turturro Coach Billy Sunday
Jennifer Esposito Actor
Kim Director Lynn
Roger Guenveur Smith Big Time Willie

Technical Credits
Spike Lee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Randall Balsmeyer Special Effects Supervisor
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Aisha Coley Casting
Mike Ellis Asst. Director
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Kilik Producer
Mathew Price Sound/Sound Designer
Public Enemy Songwriter
Malik Hassan Sayeed Cinematographer
David Stein Art Director
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [3:21]
2. Opening Credits [2:26]
3. Big Fan [4:21]
4. Coney Island Motel [4:52]
5. Mixed Reception [1:54]
6. Crowding The Court [7:09]
7. Disturbance Next Door [1:23]
8. No Love Lost [5:03]
9. Scouting Agent [6:22]
10. Playing Hardball [:57]
11. Casualty Of War [7:20]
12. Special Treatment [5:39]
13. Dakota [1:03]
14. Lala-Land [6:56]
15. High-Stakes Game [1:55]
16. End Credits [5:48]

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