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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They needed a second chance to finish first.
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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
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
[Just before the big game
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.
Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more
Big Band Highlight No. 3
Composed by Ole Georg
(as Neil Amsterdam)
Courtesy of Capitol Productions Music See more