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Sunset Park (1996)

R | | Drama, Sport | 26 April 1996 (USA)
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A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.

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Steve Gomer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhea Perlman ... Phyllis Saroka
Fredro Starr ... Shorty
Carol Kane ... Mona
Terrence Howard ... Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
Camille Saviola ... Barbara
De'aundre Bonds ... Busy-Bee
Talent Harris ... Butter (as James Harris)
Anthony C. Hall Anthony C. Hall ... Andre (as Anthony Hall)
Antwon Tanner ... Drano
Shawn Michael Howard ... Kurt
Guy Torry ... Boo Man
Scott Burkholder ... Morris Bernstein
John Aprea ... Dominic
John Vargas ... Mr. Santiago
Rhonda Stubbins White ... Carla
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Storyline

A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.

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You gotta represent.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual references | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cara A Cara See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,705,440, 28 April 1996

Gross USA:

$10,163,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,163,782
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fredro Starr's cousin Sticky Fingaz was cast as Drano before Antwon Tanner was given the role. See more »

Quotes

[Shorty sees his girlfriend, Cheryl, talking to another man]
Shorty: Cheryl!... Cheryl!... CHERYL! . . .
Cheryl: Don't be callin' my name out all loud like that!
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Features Rage of Honor (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep On Keepin' On
Written by Jermaine Dupri, MC Lyte, Michael Jackson (as M. Jackson)
Produced by Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Productions
Performed by MC Lyte featuring Xscape
MC Lyte appears courtesy of First Priority Music/Elektra Entertainment Group
Xscape appears courtesy of So So Def Recordings, Inc./Columbia Records
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A Really Good, Honest, Completely Un-Corny "Hoop Dreams"-like Movie
26 April 2001 | by EP-CSee all my reviews

I really liked this film a lot and I'm extremely disappointed that so many people seem to disagree. I have to admit, I wasn't too interested when I first heard the synopsis -- but "Sunset Park" isn't cornball or predictable like the storyline (or some of the other reviewers) seem to suggest. It's actually a very nuanced, complex, honest, funny, intelligent film. Scenes almost never end the way you expect them to. The coach is NOT a knight in shining armor like so many of the teachers you see in those heroic, one teacher can save the world movies. She is real and complex and has hang-ups and problems (mostly involving men and failure). The basketball players are also all amazingly convincing as genuine adolescent athletes. Their acting is flawlessly natural, almost documentary-like. Their characters have depth and humor and wit. I really became attached to them by the end of the movie and wanted to know more about them and their lives. I can honestly say I didn't want the film to end -- it's a pity that there probably won't be any sequels.


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