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White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can't Jump

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Director: Ron Shelton

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez


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Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote and directed the basketball-oriented seriocomedy White Men Can't Jump. Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a white con artist who hustles basketball games against black players who don't realize Billy is actually a gifted hoopster. One of his unsuspecting victims, Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), becomes Billy's "agent,"


Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote and directed the basketball-oriented seriocomedy White Men Can't Jump. Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a white con artist who hustles basketball games against black players who don't realize Billy is actually a gifted hoopster. One of his unsuspecting victims, Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), becomes Billy's "agent," arranging his various scams around L.A., and the duo quickly start piling up the wins together. The film breezes through several zany sequences, including one liberal-baiting satirical moment set at a black/white "solidarity" basketball game arranged by an ambitious politician. Crooked gamblers intrude upon the last scenes of the film, but Hoyle is rescued by his girlfriend, Gloria (Rosie Perez), a Jeopardy freak who realizes a lifelong dream by winning big on the Alex Trebek-hosted game show.

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Roth
After going deep with Bull Durham, director Ron Shelton took it to the hole with this glimpse inside the world of basketball. This is not the glossy NBA model, or the nominally less glossy NCAA model, but the smack-talking world of street hoops in L.A., where hustlers Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) make their livings on blacktop. Hoyle is slow, Deane is quick; Hoyle shoots better than he jumps, Deane jumps better than he shoots. First on-court rivals, then allies (although, in the Shelton tradition, trash is still talked with reckless abandon), the two try to play their way to financial success, if only to satisfy their significant others (Rosie Perez and Tyra Ferrell, respectively). While the movie's fashions haven't dated especially well, the dialogue still pops with profane life and the basketball sequences have much more zing than most NBA highlight reels. Snipes stands out as Sidney: He seems to be having a blast here, certainly more fun that he's had in the 20-or-so movies he's made since. Lively and audacious with enough spirit to make up for its lack of big bodies in the middle, White Men Can't Jump has as much game today as it ever did.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Ron Shelton's trash-talking comedy on the world of street hoops hustlers entertains while commenting incisively on black-white, male-female relations. The film concerns a pair of basketball hustlers, one black (Wesley Snipes) and one white (Woody Harrelson), who join forces to hustle other players on the basis of the white guy's supposed lack of "game." Every major city in the U.S. has high-quality street games, swarming with enough big-ego, sometimes big-time players, that the circuit can be ripe pickings for a pair of con men with a good act. With this white doofus character, based on NBA player and coach Scott Skiles and on Shelton himself, these two have a great one. The film, which captures this kind of game better than any other ever has, revels in its edginess, its intense competitiveness, and to the spiraling rituals of hilarious virtuoso verbal insults in which it's steeped. It also conveys the physical toughness of these referee-free games in which "no blood, no-foul" is the norm. In a film that constantly touches on the deceptiveness of appearances, the two partners stumble over racial stereotypes, while testing to see how far they can trust one another. For each, hustling has a different meaning: for Snipes' character, it just one of the many pursuits with which he supports his family, and for Harrelson's, it's a way of fueling his compulsive gambling. Understandably, neither of their women are too happy about having to rely on a con game, but Rosie Perez, who is hysterically funny as Harrelson's girlfriend, is at first, more tolerant. Not surprisingly, the men find that, despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than they do with their women. But given what we have learned about these men, the bittersweet ending seems inevitable.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Includes both the theatrical version and extended version not shown in theaters; Music video "White Men Can't Jump" by Riff; Theatrical trailers; TV spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Harrelson Billy Hoyle
Wesley Snipes Sidney Deane
Rosie Perez Gloria Clemente
Tyra Ferrell Rhonda Deane
Cylk Cozart Robert
Kadeem Hardison Junior
Ernest Harden George
John Marshall Jones Walter
Marques Johnson Raymond
David Roberson T.J.
Kevin Benton Zeke
John Gilbert "Jeopardy!" Announcer
John Jones Actor
Jake "The Snake" Roberts Ballplayer
John Charles Sheehan Cop
Victoria Thomas Actor
Nigel Miguel Dwight "The Flight" McGhee
Duane Martin Willie Lewis
Bill Henderson Venice Beach Boys Member
Sonny Craver Venice Beach Boys Member
Jon Hendricks Venice Beach Boys Member
Frank Rossi Frank Stucci
Freeman Williams Duck Johnson
Louis Price Eddie "The King" Faroo
Alex Trebek Himself
Reggie Leon Reggie
Sarah Stavrou Etiwanda
Reynaldo Rey Tad
Lanei Chapman Lanei
Irene Nettles Real Estate Agent
Torri Whitehead Tanya
Lisa McDowell Alisa
David Maxwell Malcolm
Dion B. Vines The Bank
Bill Caplan Tournament Announcer
Richard James Baker Tournament Referee
Amy Golden Big Guy's Girlfriend
Jeanette Srubar Little Guy's Girlfriend
Zandra Hill Sponsor
Fred P. Gregory Sponsor
Carl E. Hodge Pickup Truck Driver
Ruben Martinez Ruben
Gary Lazar Oki-Dog Businessman
Donna Howell Yolanda
Donald Fullilove Jake
Leonard A. Oakland Dr. Leonard Allen
Allan Malamud Rocket Scientist
Jeanne McCarthy Dressing Room Staffer
Carl A. McGee Gambler
Chick Hearn NBA Announcer
Stu Lantz NBA Announcer
Ronald Beals Ballplayer
Joe Metcalf Ballplayer
Mahcoe Moore Ballplayer
Mark Hill Ballplayer
Eric Kizziee Ballplayer
Chalmer Maddox Ballplayer
Leroy Michaux Ballplayer
Pete Duffy Ballplayer
Gary Moeller Ballplayer
Daniel Porto Ballplayer
Lester Hawkins Ballplayer
Jeffrey Todd Ballplayer
Eloy Casados Tony Stucci

Technical Credits
Ron Shelton Director,Screenwriter
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Julius Le Flore Stunts
Roger Fortune Art Director
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Johnson Stunts
David Lester Producer
Dan Lester Producer
Don Miller Producer
Michelle Rappaport Executive Producer
Kimberly Ray Editor
Paul Seydor Editor
Victoria Thomas Casting
Bennie Wallace Score Composer
Dennis Washington Production Designer


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White Men Can't Jump 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my gosh this movie is funny most people would think its racist cause about a white guy and a black guy competing in basketball some people might even think that the title of the movie is racist but it's not that kind of movie it's funny although it has bad language and may not be good for children to watch but if your 15 or older than its fine Woody Harrlson and Wesely Snips are cool this movie is also cool they say White men can't jump but maybe they can You think?