The top 5 must-watch basketball movies of all time
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#4 He Got Game (1998)
Jake Shuttleworth (Denzel Washington) is a man who spent 6 years in prison for killing his wife accidently during a family dispute, leaving his son Jesus Shuttleworth (Ray Allen) to fend for himself. Jesus is now a star college basketball prospect and colleges are lining up to accept him.
Jake’s warden comes up to him and hands him a unique deal. He promises that if Jake succeeds to convince his son to attend the Governor’s old college, the sentence will be reduced. Jake receives a week of parole to convince his son; during which they also reminisce the years before prison when Jake used to be very hard on Jesus on the court (which has been one of the primary reasons why Jesus now plays at that level).
Spike Lee’s direction does its magic making sure there’s never a dull moment in the movie. Ray Allen is still referred to as Jesus Shuttleworth by his close ones; it was also on his back when the Miami Heat decided to make nickname jerseys a few years ago.
Here’s the trailer:
Published 29 Nov 2015, 03:04 IST