Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory. Written by
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The Travel-Aires, who sing the national anthem, were never auditioned for it. The national anthem wasn't included in the script until the end of filming. No one heard the group sing the national anthem until the night it was filmed, all in one take, for the very first time! See more »
Butler Fieldhouse did not have multicolored seats in 1952. See more »
Coach Norman Dale:
[after sitting an injured Everett]
Strap, in for Everett. Don't shoot the ball unless you're under the basket all by yourself!
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Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »
This film is primarily about Basketball, but don't let that fool you, I have no interest in the game but I was yanked into it and was feeling the passion of the coach, players and the town all the way through.
The underlying thread is of forgiveness and second chances. You never really know what was behind the need for these second chances, but that doesn't matter, you feel for these people, and a lot of that is to do with Gene Hackman.
One of my favourite actors, Hackman pulls off a fantastic performance here, with an amazing backup from Dennis Hopper. What a combination.
Passion, guts, determination, and without too much of a sickly taste in the mouth. A lovely film to watch.
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