White Men Can't Jump

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Time Out says

America's homeboy comedy of the year is about basketball only in the sense that writer-director Shelton's Bull Durham was about baseball. It's a truly terrific piece of entertainment propelled by the magic and dynamism of its stars. Sidney Deane (Snipes) meets Billy Hoyle (Harrelson) on a public court where the game is played as a mix of macho combat, stand-up comedy and con-artistry. The jokes and banter are wonderful. But this is also a most unlikely buddy movie, where the black/white pair team up as hustlers floating around the rougher areas of Los Angeles, turn on each other, and finally bury the hatchet to get Billy out of hock to some surprisingly obliging hoods. Sadly, in doing so, the duo alienate Billy's long-suffering Hispanic girlfriend (Perez), who dreams of the straight life and spends her time memorising trivia in hopes of a TV game show break. Snipes and Harrelson bounce off the screen like Michael Jordan, while Shelton and cinematographer Russell Boyd perfectly capture the agile thrills of the game itself. A double-whammy slam-dunker of a movie.
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Release details

UK release:

1992

Duration:

114 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Ron Shelton

Cast:

Kadeem Hardison, Cylk Cozart, Tyra Ferrell, Rosie Perez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Ernest Harden Jr

Music:

Bennie Wallace

Production Designer:

Dennis Washington

Editor:

Paul Seydor

Cinematography:

Russell Boyd

Screenwriter:

Ron Shelton

Producer:

Don Miller, David V Lester

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