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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)
Eric Gilliom ...
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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27 February 1987 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,607,524 (USA)
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Trivia

The filmmakers had trouble filling the FieldHouse with extras for the final game, and needed to move people around when shooting different angles. Extras were given 1950's hairstyles and their clothing was checked for anachronisms. See more »

Goofs

The flag used in the final game is hanging backwards. See more »

Quotes

Rollin: [as Jimmy walks in on the town meeting that determines Coach Dale's fate] What can I do for you, Jimmy?
Jimmy Chitwood: I got something to say.
Rollin: All right, say what you've gotta say.
Jimmy Chitwood: [to crowd] I don't know if it'll make any change, but I figured it's time for me to start playing ball.
George: [as crowd is cheering, points to Dale] I told you, once we got rid of him!
Jimmy Chitwood: But, there's just one thing... I play, Coach stays. He goes, I go.
George: [crowd starts murmuring] Uhhh, the coach is dismissed by a vote of 68 to 45...
Opal Fleener: I think we ...
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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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Referenced in Anguish (1987) See more »

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Big Band Highlight No. 2
Composed by Ole Georg (as Neil Amsterdam)
Courtesy of Capitol Productions Music
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This was the best sports movie I've ever seen.
11 March 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Gene Hackman gave his usual Oscar-winning performance while Dennis Hopper was simply outstanding. What can you say about a feel good movie like this. I've always enjoyed happy ending and this was one of the best. It almost made me feel like I wanted to be a basketball fan in Indiana in 1951. This movie left me feeling that I wanted to watch it again (I've already seen it five times). That's what great movies do to you, they force you to keep coming back. For me, Patton and The Sting were like that. I've seen Patton 15 times and The Sting at least 10. That's why I purchased Hoosiers instead of renting it. I've recommended it to my friends so they can derive the same satisfaction from it that I did. It helps to be a sports fan but not necessarily because this movie was a metaphor for life. It was truly a David versus Goliath-type story.


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