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Love & Basketball [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sanaa Lathan , Omar Epps , Gina Prince-Bythewood    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard, Chris Warren Jr.
  • Directors: Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Writers: Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Producers: Andrew Z. Davis, Cynthia Guidry, Jay Stern, Sam Kitt, Spike Lee
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y2R1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, a former college athlete, puts a spin on this one-on-one tale of, as the title says, Love and Basketball. Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man) is the fiercely driven, hot-tempered Monica, a tomboy who gives her all for basketball. Omar Epps is Quincy, an NBA player's son who has pro dreams of his own. Next-door neighbours since first grade, they start as rivals (she flabbergasts the boy by outplaying him in a game of driveway pickup) and age into best friends and lovers. The romantic complications follow a familiar game plan, but the film throws a fascinating spotlight onto the contrast between men's and women's basketball. While Quincy plays college ball on huge courts to cheering, sold-out crowds, we see Monica's sweat, tears and sheer physical dedication in front of tiny audiences in small gyms and second-rate auditoriums. The story is pointedly set in the late 1980s, years before the establishment of the WNBA, so Monica's prospects for pro ball lie exclusively in Europe, while Quincy steps into the pros at home. It's a pleasure to see a character as passionate and fully developed as Monica, and Lathan gives a fiery portrayal (she had never played ball before the film, but you'd never tell from her performance). Prince-Bythewood favours her struggle over Quincy's and opens our eyes to her unique challenges with a sharp, savvy contrast. Alfre Woodard co-stars as Monica's harping mother (always trying to get her to be more ladylike) and Dennis Haysbert is Quincy's philandering father. Hoops fan Spike Lee produced. --Sean Axmaker,

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Epps/Lathan/Woodard/Haysbert/M ~ Love & Basketball

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph of the Heart! 8 Sep 2002
I first saw Love & Basketball at the premiere of the movie with all the stars. It was a special viewing where there was almost not a dry eye at the end of the film from tears of joy. I think you cannot get a better chemistry of on screen love then Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. I guess the film was their destiny, because last I heard they were engaged to be married in real life. The film is simply a beautiful epic that combines a little bit of everthing from drama, comedy, action and romance. You not only care about the characters in this film, you actually see them grow up on screen.
Love & Basketball is definitely one of my all-time favorite films. It seemed so realistic as if it was a true story, and I myself being a USC graduate and former Trojan athlete from the area the film is set in can attest that the film is very realistic and true to the story being told. This film is about the true undying love of two things: the love of basketball which sees both characters in their pre-teen days on the basketball court to their days of both being professional basketball players in the hometown. It's also about the true love between a man and a woman that had to evolve and elevate just like their basketball skills had to succeed. "All is fair in love and basketball"!
The DVD version of this film is a true treasure. I love every bit of it and it gives the viewer their money's worth. The producers of this DVD out did their self with giving the view a whole complete vision of what they expressed on the screen. The two original documentaries: "The Rise Of Female Athletes" and "The Portrayal Of African-American Women By The American Media" are outstanding and really conveys the point of view the writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood experienced herself as a basketball player.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sexy and funny movie 12 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Definately a one to watch. This film centres around two next door neighbours Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps who want to make it big in basketball. This movie follows the ups and downs of Sanaa and Omar's lives as they try to hide their love for each other and follow their love for basketball. But when Omar suffers an injury the pair are thrown together again and there's a happy ending.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWISH!!! THIS MOVIE IS A WINNER... 17 Nov 2002
I bought this DVD for my daughter who happens to play Division 1 college basketball. I didn't know anything about it, other than it was a love story between two basketball players. When I watched the film, I was completely blown away by it. It is one terrific, quality movie. The director outdid herself, as did the actors, with strong performances from the entire cast.
It is, as the director suggests, a love story with basketball as a backdrop. Two kids, one boy, one girl, meet when the girl, Monica, moves next door to the boy, Quincy. They are about ten years old and both play basketball with a passion. They grow up together and both play basketball in high school. In their senior year, they realize that they are in love and they give themselves to each other, heart and soul.
They are fortunate enough to be recruited to play for the same college, but the contrast between their respective reception is telling. They both do their best and are passionate about basket ball and each other. There comes a time, however, when their love is tested, and they are pulled apart by forces that they lack the maturity to understand. What follows is a test of their love and commitment.
This is a beautifully told love story. The depth of passion that the two main characters have, both for basketball and for each other, is palpable throughout the entire film. The movie is engrossing at all times and is wonderfully directed.
The DVD itself has a plethora of features, including an absorbing documentary of successful women from all walks of life who have managed to break the glass ceiling. This is certainly a DVD well worth having.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Movie of All Time 25 Jun 2010
By KoKoB
This Film as actually my favourite of all time..
It's one of those childhood favourites that never loose their touch.. brings the same feeling no matter how many times i watch it..
feelings of warmth, familiarity, romance, triumph, anticipation (and so on) all at the same time
Its one of those films you have to keep in your house just for memorabilia and aesthetic appreciation
I just cant get enough of it..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars need more black films like this 14 Oct 2009
By Vanessa
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really applaud Gina P.BytheWood for writing and bringing to the screen such a clever and thoughtful love story. I love the period in which the movie is set (80s/09s). I'm a big fan of the Old Skool and have a whole collection of movies from the way-back-when like House Party, Coming to America, Friday and many more. Movies back then just seemed to have more of a point of view.And the same applies to Love and Basketball.Everything blends perfectly- the soundtrack , the cast, the story lines, the chemistry between the two main characters... And it has a nice ending too like a real feel-good love story should. It really feels like you're watching real people (which is something you don't get to see that much today in urban movies) and you root for their relationship till the very end.

If you like Sanaa Lathan, the film Something New is also pretty good, though it's completely different from Love and Basketball in being set in the 21st century and portraying an interracial relationship. It's also directed by a female director and I've noticed that most movies which are written/directed by black women tend to have better story lines and turn out better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars German/English
My daughter assumed I had this in my dvd collection, which is why she hasn't purchased this for me sooner. I had a bit of a problem trying to get it to play in the English mode. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sista Steppin
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good film! Would definitely recommend!
Such a good film! Would definitely recommend! A good film for a night in with your loved one! :) Great!
Published 2 months ago by Nicole Chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good watch...r
Love this film...great characters..great love the Basketball element aswell. However the typical romantic film part where they spilt up was quite unbelievable and not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Corcoran
3.0 out of 5 stars the film freezes
I watched it wen I got it and it freezes and stops at some parts of the movie I'm not impressed after I payed money and a deliver charge
Published 2 months ago by charlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it!
A lovely film to watch...nothing deep but highly enjoyable....doesn't try and get in your head.....Seriously romantic too from my point of view....Just really liked it xx
Published 3 months ago by Nataliemania
1.0 out of 5 stars poor
Poor quality. very jump dvd not the quality i was expecting. Almost impossible to watch this move. Very unhappy with it
Published 4 months ago by ian thomas binnie
5.0 out of 5 stars I forgot how much I LOVE this Film!
I hadn't Watched the in over a decade and it is STILL a Movie Classic! #MustWatch Sound track is also amazing!
Published 4 months ago by GIWI
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely movie
great movie for older persons due the scenes, but on a whole i loved the movie as its really. true to life
Published 5 months ago by mrs m
5.0 out of 5 stars A present.
I haven't watched this film, but my son who is seriously in to basketball really enjoyed it, I think it was due to the fact that it was basketball from a different angle.
Published 7 months ago by m s malcolm
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
This film would not play on our blu ray player this is as it states on the DVD only for use in the US or Canada. Why then sell this product to a person in England
Published 7 months ago by Donna
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