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White Men Can't Jump (27-Mar-1992)

Director: Ron Shelton

Writer: Ron Shelton

Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Basketball, Los Angeles

Two street basketball players hustle their way through an athletic landscape fraught with racial stereotypes.

Basketball player Sydney Deane wants to make enough money to buy a house in Los Angeles; fellow baller Billy Hoyle needs to earn enough cash to pay off a gambling debt. The pair join forces as street-balling hustlers when Billy proves to be a better player than Sydney, shattering the stereotype that white men can't play competitive basketball. Billy's on-again-off-again girlfriend Gloria wishes to appear on Jeopardy, something that Sydney eventually agrees to help with by talking to a security guard who works for the show. One final hustle in which Billy proves that he can slam dunk causes Gloria to leave him for the last time, leaving the pair to continue playing basketball and earning much-needed cash as they bicker about ingrained prejudices.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ernest Harden, Jr.
25-Nov-1952   Marcus Henderson on The Jeffersons
Kadeem Hardison
24-Jul-1965   A Different World
Woody Harrelson
23-Jul-1961   Woody from Cheers
Chick Hearn
Sports Journalist
27-Nov-1916 5-Aug-2002 Legendary basketball announcer
Duane Martin
1-Jan-1970   All of Us
Rosie Perez
6-Sep-1964   Do The Right Thing
Wesley Snipes
31-Jul-1962   New Jack City
Alex Trebek
Game Show Host
22-Jul-1940   Jeopardy


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