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USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Lil' Bow Wow, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Crispin Glover, Eugene Levy, Brenda Song, Jesse Plemons, Julius Ritter, Jermaine Dupri, Anne Meara, Robert Forster, Roger W. Morrissey, Timon Kyle, Stephen Thompson, Alex Krilov, David Brown, Peter Moret, Josef Canon, Kingsley Nwokenbia, Jesse Justice Smith Jr, Gregory L Hall, Laurent Crawford, Pat Croce, Michael Finley, Lethon Flowers, Steve Francis, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Alonzo Mourning, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitski, Gary Payton, Jason Richardson, David Robinson, Takeo Spikes, John Robert Thompson, Rasheed Wallace, Gerald Wallis, Chris Webber, Reggie Theus, Reginald VelJohnson, Valarie Pettiford, Roqui Theus, Sandra Prosper, Vanessa Williams, Basil Wallace, Courtney Black
Director: John Schultz
USA: 100 mins
UK: 99 mins
US Rated: PG for brief mild language. for brief mild language
UK Certificate: PG Contains mild language and violence
USA Release Date: 3 July 2002
UK Release Date: 13 December 2002
Making his feature film starring debut, teen hip hop sensation, Lil Bow Wow portrays fourteen-year-old orphan Calvin Cambridge, who dreams of being a famous professional basketball player. But his diminutive stature and limited ability make this goal a far-off fantasy. Or is it? When Calvin dons a pair of old sneakers, with the faded initials "M.J." inscribed inside, he displays amazing hoop skills, and leads a struggling NBA team to victory.
One day when a box of used clothes arrives, Calvin discovers a pair of trainers inscribed with the initials of his all time basketball hero Michael Jordan. These magical shoes transform him into a NBA superstar and with them he finds he can shoot hoops like a pro. He is quickly signed to struggling NBA team The Knights whose boss, Frank Bernard, (Eugine Levy, American Pie) believes a kid on the bench will boost much needed ticket sales. Calvin finds himself staying with star player Tracey Reynolds (Morris Chestnut) who reluctantly takes the new team member under his wing.
As the team struggles to win, Knights' coach Wagner decides to give Calvin a shot in a game and finds, to his surprise that Calvin and Tracey make a winning team. With his boundless enthusiasm and team spirit Calvin proves to be just what The Knights need to give them a chance at the playoffs.
Despite his newfound stardom, Calvin still has to cope with the scheming owner of the orphanage, Stan Bittleman (Crispin Glover, Charlies Angels) who is determined to stop Calvin being adopted and cash in on his success... Will Calvin be able to keep hold of the magic shoes? Can The Knights win the playoff? Will he and his friends finally find parents?
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Wide-screen 16x9)
Sound & Picture Quality: Dolby 5.1
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish.
DVD Special Features:
Audio commentary by John Schultz , Lil Bow Wow and Jonathan Lipnicki
Featurette - "Off The Hook And On The Set"
Three deleted scenes with optional director commentary
Making of featurette - "Bow Wow's bow"
"Basketball" music video