• He Got Game (1998)

He Got Game

Release Date: May 1st, 1998

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 1998

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

Jake Shuttleworth (Denzel Washington) has spent the last six years in prison after accidentally killing his wife during a violent domestic dispute, leaving his son, star basketball prospect Jesus Shuttleworth (Ray Allen), to fend for himself. One day, the prison warden (Ned Beatty) approaches Jake with an unusual offer: He'll be given a week of parole to convince Jesus to attend the governor's alma mater, with the promise of a shortened sentence if he succeeds.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, Rosario Dawson, Hill Harper, Zelda Harris, Jim Brown, Ned Beatty

Director: Spike Lee

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

Keywords: Gritty, New York City, Love, Prison, Moving, Growing up, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Its best moments are as exuberant and insightful as anything the screen has given us this season, and its passionate concern for believable characters in a recognizably real world offers a refreshing change from the current spate of feel-good fantasies. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Lee uses visual imagination to lift his material into the realms of hopes and dreams. show more

  • 75
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    He Got Game seems to cheer for integrity, honesty and hard work while playing up its own cheap thrills. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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