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From the playground to the pro leagues, Monica and Quincy taught each other how to play the game. Now, their commitment to the sport will force them to make a choice between each other and the game...between family and team...between Love and Basketball.

Gina Prince-Bythewood, a former college athlete, puts a spin on this one-on-one tale of Love and Basketball. Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man) is the fiercely driven, hot-tempered Monica, a tomboy who gives her all for basketball. Omar Epps (The Mod Squad) is Quincy, an NBA player's son who has pro dreams of his own. Next-door neighbors since first grade, they start as rivals (she flabbergasts the boy by outplaying him in a game of driveway pickup) and age into best friends and lovers. The romantic complications follow a familiar game plan, but the film throws a fascinating spotlight onto the contrast between men's and women's basketball. While Quincy plays college ball on huge courts to cheering, sold-out crowds, we see Monica's sweat, tears, and sheer physical dedication in front of tiny audiences in small gyms and second-rate auditoriums.

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

Special Features

  • Original Documentary Breaking the Glass Celing - The Rise and Acceptance of Women Competitors
  • Deleted Scenes and Bloopers
  • Two Feature Length Commentaries
  • Storyboards
  • Music Video

Product Details

  • Actors: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Debbie Morgan
  • Directors: Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y2R1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love and Basketball (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

From the Manufacturer

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.

High-Scoring Entertainment

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Shazzar Kallie, M.A. on October 13, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw Love & Basketball at the premiere of the movie with all the stars. It was a special viewing where there was almost not a dry eye at the end of the film from tears of joy. I think you cannot get a better chemistry of on screen love then Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. I guess the film was their destiny, because last I heard they were engaged to be married in real life. The film is simply a beautiful epic that combines a little bit of everthing from drama, comedy, action and romance. You not only care about the characters in this film, you actually see them grow up on screen.
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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this DVD for my daughter who happens to play Division 1 college basketball. I didn't know anything about it, other than it was a love story between two basketball players. When I watched the film, I was completely blown away by it. It is one terrific, quality movie. The director outdid herself, as did the actors, with strong performances from the entire cast.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on September 22, 2000
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I began my athletic career at the ripe old age of five, and haven't looked back. This movie made me cry, it made me remember my hoop days of high school and college, and it made me appreciate the experiences I had as a baller. This movie accomplished more for explaining the trials and inequality of being a female athlete than anything I've ever seen. And to top it off, they added in a beautiful love story. I would recommend this movie for female athletes (it "feels" us!) and any other person who's never really "gotten" the sports vibe...maybe this will help.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
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Sometimes a great film comes along, that transcends barriers, and just emerges as a wonderful, solid body of work. "Love & Basketball" is one of those films. It is successful because it is not only a great basketball story, but it is also a great love story. What's more, the acting is compelling, completely believeable and natural. The film stars the beautiful Sanaa Lathan, as Monica, a passionate basketball player, who has known Quincy (Omar Epps), since she was six years old. They both share a passion for basketball, and the films opens with a young Monica challenging Quincy to a game of one-on-one. This is only the beginning of their relationship, as they go through their teen years together, as nextdoor neighbors, both aspiring to be the greatest baskbetball players they can be (in men's and women's divisions, respectively). Their friendship blossoms into something more, but can it be sustained through their trials and tribulations, on and off the baskbetball court??

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.
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