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He Got Game [Widescreen]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Spike Lee turns his attention to the high-stakes world of basketball with this charged drama. Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is serving 15 years for playing a role in the death of his wife. His son, Jesus (Ray Allen), is the best high school basketball player in the country. One week before Jesus must sign a letter of intent to the college of his choice, Jake is granted a temporary reprieve. The catch is that the state's governor wants the prodigy to go to his alma mater and is willing to consider commuting Jake's sentence if he can persuade Jesus to go there. When the time comes for Jesus to make a decision, both father and son are forced to confront their past and present actions--as a role reversal has taken place during Jake's time in prison that sparks a heated confrontation on the basketball court. Lee's unusual choice to use the music of Aaron Copland, an American classical composer, for the soundtrack and his concept of pairing it with the national sport of basketball is a contrast that is made even more striking by the other contributing artists, notably the insistent urban sound provided by Public Enemy.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15281

  • Credits
    Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Bill Nunn, Jim Brown, James Nathaniel Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Lee revels in mixing street cool with full-throttle emotion....HE GOT GAME provides potent entertainment..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Big things to say....Washington does an award-worthy turn....[Allen] is an intense innocent..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[Lee] returns full blast to what he does best....[Washington] gives a splendid, carefully measured performance..."
    New York Times

    "...A moving and often powerful story that wisely chooses to ask more questions than it answers..."
    Box Office

    "...Outstanding performances..."
    Premiere

    "...HE GOT GAME is always watchable and often compelling....Likable, affectionate and unashamedly warm-hearted, DANCER, TEXAS is a sentimental little picture that goes gently against the grain..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Spike Lee brings the spirit of a poet to his films about everyday reality....Lee uses visual imagination to lift his material into the realms of hopes and dreams..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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