He Got Game

He Got Game is a 1998 American sports drama film written, produced and directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. The film revolves around Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington), father of the top-ranked basketball prospect in the country, Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen). Jake, in prison for killing his wife, is released on parole for a week by the state's governor to persuade his son to play for the governor's alma mater in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

He Got Game
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySpike Lee
Written bySpike Lee
Produced byJon Kilik
Spike Lee
CinematographyMalik Hassan Sayeed
Edited byBarry Alexander Brown
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • April 25, 1998 (1998-04-25) (New York City)
  • May 1, 1998 (1998-05-01) (United States)
Running time
136 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million
Box office$22.4 million