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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, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: January 2, 1996
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302459702
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Writer-director Ron Shelton's 1992 follow-up to the baseball comedy-drama Bull Durham involves a different sport: basketball, as played on the neighborhood hustler circuit. Woody Harrelson is Billy Hoyle, a good shooter using his white complexion to fool black players into thinking he can be stomped in easy bets. Billy's banter-filled matchup against Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) on a public court leads to a partnership in which Sidney becomes Billy's manager, taking the white outsider on a tour of the tougher sections of Los Angeles, where he plays homeboys for a few bucks. Inevitably, the two come apart over their innate competitiveness, a situation that has to be reevaluated after Billy gets into trouble with some underworld creditors. Meanwhile, Billy's girlfriend (Rosie Perez) sits at home preparing herself for a maybe-someday date appearance on Jeopardy. As with all of Shelton's sports-related movies (Tin Cup, his script for The Best of Times), White Men Can't Jump is less about the fine points of the game than it is the rules by which players survive it. The script is literate and crackling with wit and satire (a scene in which a politician sponsors a black-white "solidarity" game is hilarious). The actors are entirely in sync, and the scenes under and around the hoops are a thrill to watch. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

I miss movies like this.
Joi Mcclary
Well, in a Hollywood movie a realistic depiction of a milieu usually isn't the point.
Dennis Littrell
This is one of the best films I have ever seen.
"drowsy_existence"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hudson on June 11, 2000
Format: DVD
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David P. Chesher on June 13, 2000
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2001
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "drowsy_existence" on August 24, 2002
Format: DVD
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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnie on January 2, 2002
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie Clay on October 26, 2005
Format: DVD
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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By Darren on September 9, 2014
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Ron Shelton hasn't made that many movies; the last one he wrote *and* directed was 2003's "Hollywood Homicide" (ouch). But he's given us a trio of sports masterpieces: "Bull Durham" (baseball), "Tin Cup" (golf -- and yeah, it's a masterpiece, shut up), and this one. Given the movie's rather startling title, we should probably get the race angle out of the way first. It was released in March 1992, one month before the L.A. Riots that were prompted by the acquittal of 4 LAPD officers who nearly beat Rodney King to death. In other words, the incremental rapprochement between the races that this movie portrays turned out to be wishful thinking. Spike Lee was closer to the reality with his "Do the Right Thing", released a few years earlier.

Fine. But Hollywood is at its best, I feel, when it can show us a better vision than the depressing realities of our society, especially when it doesn't preach at us. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson engage in racial discussion, but it ain't no brotherhood-of-man crap, you know, the crap that wins Oscars. Instead, these guys use their differing ethnicity as fodder for more smack talk, a sport at which they compete as fiercely as basketball. The brotherhood has already been forged on the court, and if you prove yourself on the court, you've earned the right to give as well as take. In fact, this is the hidden foundation of sports, from the ancient Greek Olympic games up to today: sublimated war; entente; finally, friendship. If only all differences in our world could be settled on the field of play, where the male virtues shine the brightest.

Still not enough though, boys: we need women to give us something to strive for, like moving out of the Vista View apartments where there's no vista and no view.
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