He Got Game

May 1st, 1998


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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.8/10 (18,504 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.

Denzel Washington - Jake Shuttlesworth
Ray Allen - Jesus Shuttlesworth
Milla Jovovich - Dakota Burns
Rosario Dawson - Lala Bonilla
Hill Harper - Coleman 'Booger' Sykes
Zelda Harris - Mary Shuttlesworth
Ned Beatty - Warden Wyatt
Jim Brown - Spivey
Joseph Lyle Taylor - Crudup
Bill Nunn - Uncle Bubba
Michele Shay - Aunt Sally
Thomas Jefferson Byrd - Sweetness
Roger Guenveur Smith - Big Time Willie
John Turturro - Coach Billy Sunday
Lonette McKee - Martha Shuttlesworth

Taglines: The father, the son and the holy game.


Official Website: Touchstone |

Release Date: 1 May 1998

Filming Locations: Cabrini-Green Public Housing Projects, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,610,663 (USA) (3 May 1998) (1319 Screens)

Gross: $21,554,585 (USA) (26 July 1998)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Filmed in 23 days.

Jake Shuttlesworth: What are you studying?
Mary Shuttlesworth: Cells
Jake Shuttlesworth: Yeah, me too.

User Review

A Great Movie for Anyone Who Plays Ball at Any Level

Rating: 10/10

I recently watched this movie for the first time, and as a 19 year old black male it spoke to me. However, I can see this being a film that everyone can appreciate. Especially now, with Lebron James and other upcoming HS athletes, you really see the other side of life that only they know.

This movie detailed the life of the #1 basketball star in HS, and the issues he deals with before he announces his plans for the future, further complicated by his father's contingent release from jail.

A GREAT movie, don't let the votes fool you, it's not a 6.5/10, more like 8.5.