Sunset Park (1996)




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A Jewish high school teacher, Phyllis Saroka (Rhea Perlman), steps in to take on the thankless job of coaching the school's inept basketball team, which is filled with ne'er-do-wells from the slums. She takes the job to get extra money to fulfill her dream of opening a restaurant on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. Phyllis has had bad luck with men, is dissatisfied with her teaching job, and is desperate to do something meaningful as she approaches middle age. Meanwhile, the players on the team are ambitious only about scoring drugs and girls and inventing their own rap songs. Butter (James Harris) is the team's only really talented player, but he wastes most of his energy chasing skirts. Busy-Bee (De'Aundre Bonds) is a small but highly energetic goofball. The mind of Spaceman (Terrence Dashon Howard) has been diminished by learning disabilities and drugs. Phyllis's greatest challenge is the brilliant, moody Shorty (Fredro Starr). Shorty teaches Phyllis the game, but he feels betrayed when he learns that she is planning to leave after one season. Perlman's husband, Danny DeVito, served as the film's producer.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Rhea Perlman
as Phyllis Saroka
Fredro Starr
as Shorty
Carol Kane
as Mona
Terrence Howard
as Spaceman
De'aundre Bonds
as Busy-Bee
James Harris
as Butter
Guy Torry
as Boo Men
Scott Burkholder
as Morris Bernstein
John Aprea
as Dominic
John Vargas
as Mr. Santiago
Steffen Gregory Foster
as Washington Heights Coach
Hattie Winston
as Judge Meyer
Tim Hutchinson
as Referee
Curtis McGee
as Referee
Paul Johnson
as East Flatbush Player
Tracy Vilar
as Shirley
Michael Mack
as Sal the Janitor
Lucien Lewis
as Kid Gloc
Eric George
as Coney Island Player
Gary Dourdan
as Dreadlock Guy
"Silk" Willie Dunn
as School Bus Driver
Melissa Berger
as Cop at Apartment
Vincent Pastore
as Charlie the Super
A. Doran Reed
as Carlton Palmer
Bee-Be Smith
as Regina
Jay Della Valle
as Bar Customer
Christopher McHale
as Bar Customer
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Critic Reviews for Sunset Park

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The camera fails to capture the basketball action to its best advantage, and it really isn't explained how the players become so talented so quickly.

December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Sunset Park


Yuck, a terrible, D-rate version of Coach Carter with Rhea Perlman instead of Sam Jackson, this is a film hoopsterrs should be subjected to as punishment for missing free throws.

Nick Zaccardi
Nick Zaccardi

A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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this was a decent watch but very typical. basically the same film that youve seen a dozen times.

danny d
danny d

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