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Story

Writer-director Ron Shelton's 1992 follow-up to the baseball comedy-drama Bull Durham involves a different sport: basketball, as played on the neighborhood hustler circuit. Woody Harrelson is Billy Hoyle, a good shooter using his white complexion to fool black players into thinking he can be stomped in easy bets. Billy's banter-filled matchup against Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) on a public court leads to a partnership in which Sidney becomes Billy's manager, taking the white outsider on a tour of the tougher sections of Los Angeles, where he plays homeboys for a few bucks. Inevitably, the two come apart over their innate competitiveness, a situation that has to be reevaluated after Billy gets into trouble with some underworld creditors. Meanwhile, Billy's girlfriend (Rosie Perez) sits at home preparing herself for a maybe-someday date appearance on Jeopardy. As with all of Shelton's sports-related movies (Tin Cup, his script for The Best of Times), White Men Can't Jump is less about the fine points of the game than it is the rules by which players survive it. The script is literate and crackling with wit and satire (a scene in which a politician sponsors a black-white "solidarity" game is hilarious). The actors are entirely in sync, and the scenes under and around the hoops are a thrill to watch. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Wesley SnipesSidney Deane
Woody HarrelsonBilly Hoyle
Rosie PerezGloria Clemente
Tyra FerrellRhonda Deane
Cylk CozartRobert
Kadeem HardisonJunior
Ernest Harden Jr.George
John Marshall JonesWalter
Marques JohnsonRaymond
David RobersonT.J.
Kevin BentonZeke
Nigel MiguelDwight 'The Flight' McGhee
Duane MartinWillie Lewis
Alex TrebekHimself

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Ron Shelton
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 27, 1992
    EuropeOct 9, 1992
    JapanMar 20, 1993
    AustraliaAug 6, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 21, 2002
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