HE GOT GAME
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
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
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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