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My dose of sport: the film « He got game », by Spike Lee

When you love basketball and cinema, this is THE must-see film. « He got game », directed by Spike Lee and released in 1998, tells the story of a father and a son, with the orange ball in the background.

The synopsis

The young basketball player Jesus Shuttlesworth is one of the country’s greatest prospects. But he is forced to fend for himself and take care of his little sister after a family tragedy: his father, Jake, having accidentally killed his mother. The state governor then contracts with Jake: he has a week to convince his son to join the basketball team at the local university. If he succeeds, he will not return to prison. But the mission is difficult and the competition tough. Jesus is the most coveted young player in the country. The one that all the teams are looking to recruit, with millions of dollars.

In short, a family story where basketball makes the link between father and son, but also plays the role of social elevator. And the reasons to (re) see « He got game » abound. Here are three.

A director who loves basketball

Spike Lee is a great basketball enthusiast. Present at every front row game in Madison Square Garden, he is arguably the most iconic supporter of the New Yorck Knicks, one of the worst franchises in the NBA in recent seasons. That is to say the loyalty of the man! And this passion for basketball, you can feel it in the way you film the ball, capture the actions … It’s beautiful, aesthetic and realistic. Which is far from being always the case in films dealing with sports.The movie poster, released in 1998.

A cast of All-stars

And so that the rendering is impeccable, Spike Lee went to get a real basketball player to play the role of the prodigal son and give the reply to Denzel Washington, who plays the role of the father. This basketball player is Ray Allen: Olympic champion, double NBA champion and quite simply the best three-point shooter in history.

My dose of sport: « When the game was ours »

In short, heavy and alongside him are some other legends of this sport. Like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller or Charles Barkley. All playing their own role.Ray Allen, Olympic champion and double NBA champion, plays the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth.

A top soundtrack

Finally, a good film also goes, most of the time, through a good soundtrack. This is the case of « He got game » with the eponymous album of the legendary rap group, Public Enemy. Again, the best in the service of Spike Lee’s film.

Kevin Lastique


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