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Hoosiers (1986)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  27 February 1987 (USA)
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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

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Sheb Wooley ...
Cletus
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Robert Swan ...
Michael O'Guinne ...
Rooster
Wil Dewitt ...
Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson ...
Sheriff Finley
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Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson ...
Millie
Mike Dalzell ...
Mayor Carl
Skip Welker ...
Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)
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J. June
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Storyline

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 Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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They needed a second chance to finish first. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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27 February 1987 (USA)  »

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$28,607,524 (USA)
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson was the original choice to play Coach Norman Dale but had a schedule conflict. Told the producers he knew they were on a tight schedule to shoot, and if they found another actor to go ahead. If not, he could do it the next year. Gene Hackman then signed on for the part. (from the DVD bonus features) See more »

Goofs

In the Hickory Gym, you can clearly see where they pulled up the tape of the modern free throw lane to make a 1950s-style lane. See more »

Quotes

[Just before the big game]
Preacher Purl: And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen.
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Crazy Credits

Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »


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Big Band Highlight No. 3
Composed by Ole Georg (as Neil Amsterdam)
Courtesy of Capitol Productions Music
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Full of passion and heart.
30 December 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

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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