He Got Game

May 1, 1998 0 By Fans
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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

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


Joseph Lyle Taylor


Bill Nunn

Uncle Bubba

Michele Shay

Aunt Sally

Thomas Jefferson Byrd


Roger Guenveur Smith

Big Time Willie

John Turturro

Coach Billy Sunday

Lonette McKee

Martha Shuttlesworth

The father, the son and the holy game.


Official Website:
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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


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

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

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


Filmed in 23 days.


Jake Shuttlesworth:
What are you studying?

Mary Shuttlesworth:

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.