'He Got Game' (1998)

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004221" title="Spike Lee" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/spike-lee-PECLB004221.topic">Spike Lee</a>'s take on the basketball genre deliberately turned conventions on their head. For instance, instead of a pulsing and vibrant soundtrack, Lee chose to use classic American composer <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000475" title="Aaron Copland" href="/topic/arts-culture/aaron-copland-PEHST000475.topic">Aaron Copland</a>'s music. Several <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15008001" title="NBA" href="/topic/sports/basketball/nba-15008001.topic">NBA</a> players and coaches had cameos in this story of a former prisoner ( <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003929" title="Denzel Washington" href="/topic/entertainment/denzel-washington-PECLB003929.topic">Denzel Washington</a>) whose son is a hot college basketball prospect. The son was played by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000094" title="Boston Celtics" href="/topic/sports/basketball/boston-celtics-ORSPT000094.topic">Boston Celtics</a> guard <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000116" title="Ray Allen" href="/topic/sports/basketball/ray-allen-PESPT000116.topic">Ray Allen</a>.
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( David Lee / Touchstone Pictures )

Spike Lee's take on the basketball genre deliberately turned conventions on their head. For instance, instead of a pulsing and vibrant soundtrack, Lee chose to use classic American composer Aaron Copland's music. Several NBA players and coaches had cameos in this story of a former prisoner ( Denzel Washington) whose son is a hot college basketball prospect. The son was played by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen.

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