Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)
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The story is pointedly set in the late 1980s, years before the establishment of the WNBA, so Monica's prospects for pro ball lie exclusively in Europe, while Quincy steps into the pros at home. It's a pleasure to see a character as passionate and fully developed as Monica, and Lathan gives a fiery portrayal (she had never played ball before the film, but you'd never tell from her performance). Prince-Bythewood favors her struggle over Quincy's and opens our eyes to her unique challenges with a sharp, savvy contrast. Alfre Woodard costars as Monica's harping mom (always trying to get her to be more ladylike) and Dennis Haysbert is Quincy's philandering father. Hoops fan Spike Lee produced. --Sean Axmaker
- Original Documentary Breaking the Glass Celing - The Rise and Acceptance of Women Competitors
- Deleted Scenes and Bloopers
- Two Feature Length Commentaries
- Music Video
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All’s Fair in Love and Basketball
Whether you’re into sports movies or just love a good romance, you’ll get a winning combination of both in this absorbing drama from writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Starting off in the late ’80s in L.A., this story follows the turbulent relationship between Monica Wright and Quincy McCall from the time they meet as youngsters to adulthood, and their undying passion for the hoops and each other.
Sanaa Lathan said her basketball tryout was terrible because she had never played before.
Director Gina Prince-Bythewood interviewed more than 700 people for the role of Monica.
Niesha Butler, a star basketball player at Georgia Tech, was initially considered for the lead role but was not selected because of her lack of acting experience.
In one scene, Quincy is wearing a pair of Jordan XI’s, which weren’t actually released until 1996.
- Produced by hoops fan Spike Lee
- More than two hours of basketball action, dramedy and romance
- Includes two feature-length commentaries, deleted scenes and more
- Earned a positive audience score of 95% on a popular review site
Meet the Cast
Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan)
A fiercely driven, hot-tempered tomboy, Monica gives her all for the game. She’s determined to be the first woman to enter the NBA.
Quincy McCall (Omar Epps)
Quincy is the son of an NBA player. His greatest dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps and make it to the pros.
Camille Wright (Alfre Woodard)
Camille is a traditional housewife of the ’80s. She despairs of her daughter’s tomboyish ways and pressures her to 'act like a girl'.
Zeke McCall (Dennis Haysbert)
Even though he’s a successful professional athlete, Zeke McCall is less than perfect as a husband and father.
Top Customer Reviews
Love & Basketball is definitely one of my all-time favorite films. It seemed so realistic as if it was a true story, and I myself being a USC graduate and former Trojan athlete from the area the film is set in can attest that the film is very realistic and true to the story being told. This film is about the true undying love of two things: the love of basketball which sees both characters in their pre-teen days on the basketball court to their days of both being professional basketball players in the hometown. It's also about the true love between a man and a woman that had to evolve and elevate just like their basketball skills had to succeed. "All is fair in love and basketball"!
The DVD version of this film is a true treasure. I love every bit of it and it gives the viewer their money's worth. The producers of this DVD out did their self with giving the view a whole complete vision of what they expressed on the screen.Read more ›
It is, as the director suggests, a love story with basketball as a backdrop. Two kids, one boy, one girl, meet when the girl, Monica, moves next door to the boy, Quincy. They are about ten years old and both play basketball with a passion. They grow up together and both play basketball in high school. In their senior year, they realize that they are in love and they give themselves to each other, heart and soul.
They are fortunate enough to be recruited to play for the same college, but the contrast between their respective reception is telling. They both do their best and are passionate about basket ball and each other. There comes a time, however, when their love is tested, and they are pulled apart by forces which they lack the maturity to understand. What follows is a test of their love and commitment.
This is a beautifully told love story. The depth of passion that the two main characters have, both for basketball and for each other, is palpable throughout the entire film. The movie is engrossing at all times and is wonderfully directed.
The DVD itself has a plethora of features, including an absorbing documentary of successful women from all walks of life who have managed to break the glass ceiling. This is certainly a DVD well worth having.
I reccomend this to people of all ages, sports and non-sports fans, and those who just want to see a great movie. It will touch your heart and soul, and leave you smiling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping to watch this movie for a long time when my friends talk about it ,,,was always I have to watch this movie,,,finally😚😚😚Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My Most Favorite Basketball Movie and My 2 Most Favorite Basketball Movie Is Believe In Me.Published 9 days ago by Beverly Evans
This is my daughter's favorite movie and she is so excited to be able to watch it as much as she wants to now. Read morePublished 12 days ago by kimberly b. love
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