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HE GOT GAME

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Academy Award nominee SPIKE LEE is one of the most prolific and highly regarded filmmakers in America. Heralded for his mastery of the filmmaking and storytelling arts with such critically acclaimed hits as "Malcolm X," "Do The Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "Jungle Fever" and "She's Gotta Have It," Lee now brings to the screen his latest achievement, Touchstone Pictures' drama, "He Got Game." Starring Academy Award winner DENZEL WASHINGTON (Best Supporting Actor, "Glory," and Oscar. nominee for "Cry Freedom" and Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"), the motion picture also proudly introduces the NBA Milwaukee Bucks superstar RAY ALLEN, making his feature film acting debut. In addition, the film boasts a soundtrack featuring music from the seminal group Public Enemy. Touchstone Pictures' "He Got Game" represents Spike Lee's twelfth feature film.

Denzel Washington stars as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prisoner who suddenly finds himself temporarily paroled, and with the promise of a commuted sentence, if he can accomplish one task: he must persuade his estranged son Jesus (Ray Allen}-the #1 high school basketball player in America-to sign with Big State, the Governor's alma mater.

Following the death of his mother, and with his father in jail, Jesus has had to raise himself and his younger sister. Now, just when he needs reliable guidance most, he's left alone to make the biggest decision of his life, to either accept one of the hundreds of college scholarship offers pouring in from around the country, or take the easy route and immediately begin a financially lucrative career with the National Basketball Association. With a deadline of only one week, his long­absent father unexpectedly returns home and must somehow reconcile with his son and induce him to accept Big State's offer. During the often explosive ensuing days, father and son reach a surprising turning point in their lives as they grow to understand and find respect for one another, in Spike Lee's compelling drama, Touchstone Pictures' "He Got Game."

Touchstone Pictures, in association with 40 Acres and A Mule Filmworks, presents a Spike Lee Joint, "He Got Game." The film was written and directed by Spike Lee, and produced by Jon Kilik and Spike Lee. Buena Vista Pictures distributes.

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