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White Men Can't Jump [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell, Cylk Cozart
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: David V. Lester, Don Miller, Michele Rappaport
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305929718
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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White Men Can`T Jump

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White Men Can't Jump, writer-director Ron Shelton's 1992 follow-up to the baseball comedy-drama Bull Durham, involves a different sport: basketball, as played on the neighbourhood 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 re-evaluated after Billy gets into trouble with some underworld creditors. Meanwhile, Billy's girlfriend (Rosie Perez) sits at home preparing herself for a maybe-someday appearance on Jeopardy. As with all of Shelton's sports-related films (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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MR MARTIN G DYAN on 12 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
The fact is, it's the best-illest-sickest-streetball film made. Amazing plot, amazing acting. But the fact is, the best thing about this film is the fact that basketball is life for the two main characters. Sidney Deeen is "oh so prettay" and Billy, Billy Hoyle is the man with a sweet J. The dunk at the end still sends chills down my spine.Get this film if you have ball in your heart. And think about getting Above the Rim also.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
Back in '92, people were well into basketball, I remember back then, in school, the game of choice was basketball, and everyone wanted to be picked to play. So when I saw Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes were doing a basketball movie, I was scared it would be one of those boring films about a young white man trying to fight his way into a school league, and Wesley is the only one to see his potential; but when I actually saw it, it was better than any other basketball movie I had seen.
Basically Woody Harrelson is Billy, a young kid from Louisiana hustling for cash in any basketball court in the US. His girlfriend - Gloria is obsessed with being on Jepady, and does everything to learn all the questions and answers she could possibly fit into her head. The couple go to the west coast, to LA, where Billy meets Sidney, a young basketball pro who just is unstoppable. Billy and Sid get on relitively well, and decide joining forces is a good idea. Sidney has other plans, and this is where Billy falls down.
This is a great movie, Woody Harrelson is very funny, and so is Wesley Snipes. I can now see why the director of Money Train cast these two together, they work well as a team. The music is typical of the scene and the filming is good, specially the action scenes, it's like being on the court watching them play.
Better than I thought it would be, probably one of the funniest movies I have re-watched lately, and the best basketball movie ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What can I say?
Fantastic sports camera work, the best put-down in hollywood's history ("Your mother's an astronaut") and great comedy sequences from Snipes, Harrelson and co.
A must see film.
Add extra star if you're into basketball.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This has got to be one of my favourite films ever! I've seen it over 10 times and it's still as good as the first time I saw it. If you like basketball and you like comedy you must see this film. In fact if you'd like to see a good film watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
After Billy Hoyle hustles Sidney Deane on the basketball court, Deane offers Billy a proposition about teaming up to hustle the courts of Los Angeles. They are a great team, they are in fact wonderful players, but egos and greed are sure to become a problem, oh and Billy has some rather unsavoury characters after him to return a debt he owes. Can the boys resolve their differences? Can they keep their devoted women happy? All will be revealed in White Men Can't Jump.

White Men Can't Jump is a fine sports movie, offering up more than just a basic sport heart, it's funny, sly and really a rather effective piece of drama. The basketball scenes are very well handled by director Ron Shelton, with slow motion spins and beady drips of sweat glistening in the heat, and the chemistry between Woody Harrelson (Billy) and Wesley Snipes (Sidney) is first class, but really it's the power of Shelton's writing that makes this a most engaging picture (see also Bull Durham & the similarly undervalued Tin Cup).

After following these two guys thru their very rocky relationship you get to a point where you feel that we are about to wander down formula road, but Shelton pulls a trick to make the final last quarter an excellent, none conformity piece of film, one that judging by the less than favourable rating on this particular site, has not been wholly appreciated. Shame that, because other than Rosie Perez doing her best to annoy the viewers to death as Billy's suffering girlfriend Gloria Clemente, White Men Can't Jump is one of the better sports movies of the 90s. 7.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 5string on 26 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The first 20 minutes of this film are as good an opening to any film as I've seen. The basketball skills and particularly the banter are first-rate. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes just hit it off brilliantly and the verbal sparring beats even the basketball match-ups.

I find the film slows down whenever Rosie Perez is on - nothing against her, but it's a basketball film so that's where the action is.

2 other main sections which make the film worth watching are the one-on-one tournament and the back-lot single shot required to earn the missus a place on her show: "You get the Sudan! And a hook shot!" "Can I use my right arm?!" Excellent!

Ultimately, Harrelson's character is flawed and is hugely frustrating to watch when not playing basketball, and the slam-dunk episode makes you shout at the screen with annoyance, but the action on the court is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Julie Barnes on 11 Mar 2013
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Watched this film a few years ago and loved it. Didn't fail this time round either. Loads of funny one liners. Not your usual basketball movie. Watch it!!
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Format: DVD
Fantastic dialogue ("Your mom" jokes are the only things that seem to have dated) and great, believable storyline(if you ignore the ridiculous quiz show side-plot). Acting is totally believable all round, and it's a pity Rosie Perez did not subsequently stay on top of her game as much as Woody and Wesley did. Some intriguing twists that will keep you on your seat, mixed with sumptuous basketball choreography (mesmerising even if you're not a fan). I still wonder what eventually happened between Woody and Rosie's characters after the credits rolled, and get nervous every time I make a mistake with my own partner!

Overall a great film set up as a drama, but fast moving and with some hilariously funny moments and street banter.
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