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He Got Game [DVD]

Denzel Washington , Ray Allen , Spike Lee    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, John Turturro, Dick Vitale
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee, John Kilik
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS99BI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



As a filmmaker and passionate fan of basketball, Spike Lee was the perfect director for He Got Game, an ambitious and heartfelt sports drama, which brought out the best in both Lee and his well-chosen cast. In his third film for Lee, Denzel Washington plays Jake Shuttlesworth, who is in prison for the manslaughter of his wife. His estranged son Jesus (well played by Milwaukee Bucks basketball player Ray Allen) is the nation's best high school basketball star, and Jake receives a compelling offer from the state's governor: if Jake can convince Jesus to sign a letter of intent to attend Big State University, the governor will reduce his sentence. Lee turns this back-room bargain into a fascinating examination of capitalism in college and professional sports, but the film also works as the moving story of a father's desperate attempt to regain his son's respect. Lee handles the basketball angle with an insider's awareness, and takes a few stylistic risks (including a memorable final image) that pay off with considerable emotional effect. He Got Game fully explores the visual poetry of basketball and the greed that fuels this particular vision of the American dream, but Lee never loses sight of the sport's inherent beauty, or the higher priorities of redemption and family that form the solid foundation of this exceptional film. --Jeff Shannon,

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Convicted murderer Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is allowed temporary release from prison in order to convince his estranged son Jesus (Ray Allen) that he should play basketball for the Governor's old college. As decision-time approaches, Jesus weighs up his options, whilst Jake has to wrestle with new found parental responsibilities. Spike Lee directs.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 16 Oct 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Spike Lee's most potentially commercial film since Malcolm X failed to ignite at the box office. This was surprising as the film featured one of Lee's obsessions (basketball), the best Lee performance from his favourite actor (Denzel Washington), a beautiful score (courtesy of Aaron Copeland) and an uplifting, sensitive script. Add a soundtrack written specially by Public Enemy and you have Spike Lee's best film since Do the Right Thing, which is no mean feat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant portrayal of a basketballers' struggle 30 Mar 2004
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Denzel Washington does some of his best work as a prison inmate trying to earn himself an early release by talking his estranged son into playing basketball at the governor of New York's alma mater.
My review :
I gave this film 5 stars for its brilliant acting and gritty, real atmosphere. It is about a young basketball player (played by nba star ray allen) whos father is sent to prison for accidentally killing his mother, his father (denzel washington) is then told by his warden that he can get him out of prison if can pursuede his son to play for the wardens favorite college basketball team. For anyone has a faint interest in basketball or is a fan of this genre, i would advise seeing this film. It is clever, touching and a engaging watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spioke Lee Does it again! 17 Feb 2011
A great movie about a father and son relationship. If you like the music of Aaron Copland you'll love this as the film is saturated with it, songs by Public Enemy. Top rate performance from Denzel - what else?! Great Basketball and a few minor roles of some note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Denzel Washington 15 May 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The depth of 'political comment' is typical Washington and done so very well, that makes all think beyond the Entertainment value
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Lee Masterpeice 26 May 2009
Now Im not a massive Spike Lee fan, I found 25th Hour to be one of the worst movies Ive ever seen. However, He Got Game is a rich film with an amazing performance from Denzel Washingtona s usual as incarcerated Jake Shuttlesworth. The use of music at times can be oddly placed and some of the scenes seem slightly drawn out but the film is irresistable at times and the cinematography is spot on 95% of the time. A great film with some brilliant moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! 20 Oct 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Not being the greatest Denzel fan I was a little aprehensive at watching this for the first time. But to my suprise this was a well made, well acted story; about a young man's journey; caught between his father and the sport that he loves. Couple this well produced film with a sound track made up of the phatest Public Enemy tunes, you can't go wrong. The only question I have is why has it taken three years for this film to make it to the video sales market? If you have a few quid burning a whole in your pocket, and you want to buy a movie that you can watch over and over again, then this is the one for you. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars He got game - made me cry! 18 Nov 2005
I saw this film in july time in tenerife, and i loved this film, it is such a touching and movking feel, you'll cry and thank god your alive. But then at the end it has abit of a sad ending. I would reccomend this film to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a film, great story and acting.
What a film, great story and acting. Denzel is always a great actor for me to watch, this film is a 10 star movie, and any spike lee film is out there and saying something.
Published 14 months ago by Marty
5.0 out of 5 stars good service
This was reasonably priced, well packaged and delivered promptly.. Its a 'heavy' film though and sadly wasn't really appropriate for the basketball fan I bought it for but that was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by maria moore
1.0 out of 5 stars about film
terrible and boring film.. nothig much to do about basketball which i was trying to look for.. plot is abysmal.. do not recomend it to anyone.. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by YELLOW YOLKY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
watch this move if youre a basketball fan you will love it. Furthermore, if you pay attention to the nba draft you will feel this movie is made for u
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by Hans Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars American Blacks have to get rid of their self or inner hatred
This film shows the real crossroads where the Blacks are in America, and I say the Blacks because they call themselves Blacks and not Afro-Americans or African Americans. Read more
Published on 23 July 2007 by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars He got game
I've yet to buy this DVD but looking to soon. this movie is a decent drama about father and son relationship, also an excellent basketball story. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2007 by S. Tseebaatar
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