GenreAction, Sport ScreenplayPreston A. Whit II Duration
Release dateSeptember 1, 2006 WriterPreston A. Whitmore II CastAnthony Mackie (Tech), Marcello Thedford (Big Man), Allen Payne (Kemp), Wesley Jonathan (Noah Cruise), Wayne Brady (Vaughn), Lil' JJ (Up) Similar moviesRocky IV, The Green Mile, Coach Carter, Rocky II, Pulp Fiction, Bruce Almighty
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Crossover is a 2006 American basketball film. Crossover stars Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady, and Philip Champion in his film debut. It was written and directed by Preston A. Whitmore II and produced by Frank Mancuso Jr. Crossover was shot primarily in two cities in the United States, Detroit and Los Angeles. It was filmed between July 22, 2005 and August 28, 2005.
Noah Cruise (Wesley Jonathan) is a naturally talented basketball player who receives an athletic scholarship to UCLA after the death of his mother where he moves to the suburbs. Although he is a skilled player, Cruise wishes to use his scholarship to obtain a career in the medical field. He has to deal with external forces that come with his talent, most notably pushy sports agent Vaughn (Wayne Brady) and his two best friends Tech (Anthony Mackie) and Up (Lil' JJ). Vaughn pressures Cruise to pursue a career in professional sports, while Tech, also a basketball prodigy, dreams of beating his rival Jewelz (Champion) in a streetball competition. Tech is also struggling to obtain his GED to move past his Detroit surroundings and an assault charge that he took to protect Cruise. The friends meet two women along the way, Vanessa (Eva Pigford) and Eboni (Alecia Fears), and they head to Los Angeles on a trip that will change their lives forever.
Anthony Mackie as Tech
Wesley Jonathan as Cruise
Wayne Brady as Vaughn
Alecia Fears as Eboni
Eva Pigford as Vanessa
Lil' JJ as Up
Hot Sauce as Jewelz
As of September 2014, the movie has a 2% score on ratings aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on sixty-two reviews.
Crossover also did poorly at the box office, earning roughly US$3.7 million on opening weekend. However, thanks to an exceptionally small budget, the film has managed to garner a relatively fair amount of success, grossing just over $7 million by the end of its short-lived 29 days in theaters and only costing $5.8 million to produce.