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White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Wesley Snipes , Woody Harrelson , Ron Shelton  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell, Cylk Cozart
  • Directors: Ron Shelton
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: David V. Lester, Don Miller, Michele Rappaport
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305929718
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "White Men Can't Jump" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Music Video
  • Re-edited with deleted scene

Editorial Reviews

Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast dangerous - and funny. Directed and written by Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham"), and co-starring the sizzling Rosie Perez, "White Men Can't Jump" is a slam dunk, high-flying comedy hit!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sports movie and much more. June 11, 2000
White Men Can't Jump is a movie about basketball hustlers but the characters are multifaceted and this movie focuses on their reasons for hustling rather than the hustle itself. Sidney(Snipes) hustles as a means to get his family out of the ghetto. He is driven by an undying sense of family and a desire to be the provider that his family is looking for. Billy(Harrelson) hustles out of an addiction to gambling and also a desire to show his girlfriend(Rosie Perez) that he is becoming more responsible with money. The basketball in this movie is realistic as is the language and behaviors of the players. The real story; however, is one of loyalty, betrayal and eventually friendship. This is a smart and funny movie that transcends the "sports movie" genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sports + comedy doesn't get any better! December 5, 2001
By A Customer
This is definately one of the best sports/comedy movies of all time. The basketball scenes are as well done as any you'll see in any movie, and the comedic personalities of Billy Hoyle (Woody) and Sidney Dean (Wesley) are irresistable. The trash talking, the flashy play, the hustling is all smiles for any basketball fan. The most rewarding part of this movie however is the friendship that develops between Billy Ho and Sidney. They look beyond race and class and find a common ground on the blacktop and in each other's games. They're both so likeable in this movie that it's hard not to feel good about the way it all ends up. If you like hoops, and you like comedy it doesn't get much better than this.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy that rocketed 2 stars to fame June 13, 2000
If you like basketball at all, you're going to love this movie. If you like to make fun of your friends, you're going to love this movie. Witty comedy that doesn't offend (that's hard to come by these days).
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a street-wise basketball player with something to prove. He heads to Venice Beach to hustle big-time players for money. Hoyle bites off more than he can chew when he meets up with Sydney Dean (Wesley Snipes) and becomes the victim of a hustle himself. However, Dean and Hoyle can't deny the bond of friendship between them, no matter how hard they try. When Billy loses his girlfriend because he loses all of their money and Dean's home is robbed they turn to each other for the solution...the ultimate pick-up game vs the legends: Eddie "The King" Farooq and "Duck" Johnson. $2500 to play, winner take all. Do they win? Well, as Gloria would tell you, "Sometimes when you win, you really lose. Sometimes when you lose, you really win. And sometimes when you win or lose you actually tie. And sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose." Yeah, it's confusing. But that's the way it ends.
Classic comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy - the sleeper hit of 1992 January 2, 2002
By Minnie
Format:VHS Tape
If you like basketball, than you'll love this movie. More than a zany comedy as the ads would have you believe but witty and original with true chemistry between its 2 stars, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Laugh-out-loud comedy, great basketball scenes and characters with enough depth that you will be routing for them the whole way. I highly recommend this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Memorable September 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This flick is loaded with greatness. Wesley Snipes is just so cool in his role. I just love watching his eyes move back and forth when he is trying to show up Woody Harrelson. The rap he delivers about hearing Jimi Hendrix is quite memorable as well. Woody Harrelson gives his Billy Hoyle character lots of depth as both his hustler and sensitive side are played well. Rosie Perez is cute with her concern over the Stookie Brothers. Anyway, the story line has many coemdic and action filled moments that will appeal to a wide audience outside of the basketball world. Go rent it today.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's how you make a film October 26, 2005
This film has got to be one of the best I've ever seen. Right from the beginning when Billy and Sydney are first introduced to each other it is undeniably pure genius. It has many different elements to it all brilliantly done comedy, drama, romance and of course the best of them all - basketball. I love hearing the trash talking out on the courts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Forget About Reality August 24, 2002
This is one of the best films I have ever seen. I favor its technical side and the very idea itself as well. It depicts a reality that is fictious but it can easily be adopted to the real world. What is the most optimistic about this movie is the fact that a pair of main characters resemble ordinary human beings, like everybody. They need to fight their way thru life and, as it always happens in the real world, they find themselves in better or worse circumstances. The most encouraging thing is their special kind of friendship and their easiness to face whatever life brings. Due to that fact they endear themselves to the audience which turns a blind eye on their hustling activity. Still, they have to have some sort of income and, as long as it does not hurt anybody physically, the audience sides with them. I would very much like to have this movie in my home library but unfortunately there is no version available that is distributed in my region on DVD; and I feel extremely sorry about that; I think I would enumerate this as a main drawback of this movie...
Drowsy Existence
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie May 28, 2002
This movie portrays loyalty, betrayal and friendship between two white and black men basketball hustlers. This movie has a lot of swearing and sex. I wouldn't recomend this to anyone under 15 unless you feel comfortable with your children watching this movie. Watch this movie because it is really awesome and I loved it so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Man Street ball at it's finest
I love the interaction with Sidney and Billy characters. How they meet and become friends and developed their basketball skills. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Verbal Kentz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Love this movie. Oldie but goodie. They are a great acting duo. Shows how two become friends and overcome life challenges because of the environment in which they live.
Published 17 days ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars Approiate with the basketball finals approaching
Rosey at her most beautiful best, a light hearted story of non-conformist surviving in money is everything world of southern California.
Published 1 month ago by William E. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A classic, still enjoy this movie after all these years! Got it for my son he's a woody harrelson fan
Published 1 month ago by Ginarey Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Banter
Great movie. Great value. Shipped quickly. I strongly recommend this movie if you like basketball at all. The banter rivals the first 45 minutes of Full Metal Jacket.
Published 3 months ago by Scott Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars Has not aged well
A pointless, unfunny story about stupid men and the self-loathing women who love them. Yo mama will probably love it.
Published 3 months ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Buying movies off amazon is easy, great prices, ships fast after you place order. This is a great quality movie, very funny! Would totally recommend it to many people.
Published 3 months ago by Bradley Davenport
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and Funny Movie
Great movie. Lots of action. A lot of funny 1 liners and a lot of great funny scenes. Really pleased with my purchase and the time I took to watch the movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Good One
Such a good movie. I miss movies like this. Woody and Wesley have such great on-screen chemistry. And let's not forget Rosie's attitude lol.
Published 4 months ago by Joi Mcclary
5.0 out of 5 stars good condition
Its in goood condition and works satisfied with the product. No scratches. Its guaranteed.the box looks new too :)
Published 6 months ago by brenda
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