"High Flying Bird" is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The starring cast includes André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke, Caleb McLaughlin, Jeryl Prescott, Justin Hurtt-Dunkley and others.
Here are "High Flying Bird" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.
Netflix on Thursday, January 17, 2019 released the trailer for "High Flying Bird" you can watch here:
High Flying Bird | Official Trailer | Netflix.
Here is a short review of "High Flying Bird" movie plot summary.
Ray Burke (André Holland) is an agent working for a New York sports agency that finds itself in the middle of a lockout. After his credit card is declined at an upscale restaurant, his boss David Starr (Zachary Quinto) tells him that the company is losing clients, the bank accounts and credit cards of the employees are frozen, and that he could be fired along with other employees. This forces Ray to look for a plan that could save the company from the lockout as well as give his client, Erick Scott (Melvin Gregg), new opportunities. He recruits the help of his former assistant, Sam (Zazie Beetz).
The next day, Ray visits newly drafted Jamero Umber's mother, Emera, with an offer. She refuses and reaffirms that she is the only agent and lawyer that her son will ever need. Ray's ex-wife, Myra (Sonja Sohn), tells him that the company is in a lockout and will need to renegotiate new terms with agents and players. However, they will need to wait over a month to settle, as the team owners are at a standstill with the TV networks over millions of dollars. Ray asks her to cancel the deal, convinced that the players won't be paid well during the lockout, which could last up to six months. Meanwhile, future teammates Erick Scott and Jamero Umber (Justin Hurtt-Dunkley) have an argument on Twitter, heavily publicized by media outlets.
Ray heads to Back Court Day, an annual event at a community center featuring a basketball camp for local kids and appearances by star athletes. While Erick is signing autographs and answering questions, Jamero arrives with his mother in tow. Erick and Jamero confront each other about their Twitter argument; tensions rise as they trade insults. They end up playing a one-on-one basketball game, which is recorded by the kids on their phones. A video is posted on social media and goes viral, garnering 24 million views. Ray gets the idea to stream games on streaming services and social media sites like Snapchat, YouTube, and Netflix, thus enabling the players to make money during the lockout. Erick is not convinced and feels he could put his place in the NBA at risk. Nevertheless, he accepts.
Here is the full cast and characters of "High Flying Bird" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.
"High Flying Bird" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 27, 2019 (Slamdance) and on February 8, 2019 (United States) distributing by Netflix.
The duration of the film is 91 minutes. The film's budget is $2 million.
Principal photography began in February 2018, in New York City and the film wrapped on March 15, 2018.
"High Flying Bird" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.2/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 91/100. The audience also kinda likes the film.
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