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Hoosiers (1986)

PG | | 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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Cast

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Sheb Wooley ...
Cletus
Fern Persons ...
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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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They needed a second chance to finish first. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,607,524 (USA)
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson wanted to play Coach Norman Dale but had a schedule conflict. He 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

Once the tournament has begun, Coach Dale and Myra go for a walk in the woods. As they are walking, fall harvest corn appears to be visible in the background, but the tournament is played in March. The corn has been picked. The tassels and ears are gone, however the corn stalks aren't mashed to ground the way modern harvesters leave them. This is more in the style that corn was left after picking 50 years ago. See more »

Quotes

Coach Norman Dale: I love you guys.
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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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Manchester High School Fight Song
Written and Composed by Harold Leckrone
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Easily the best sports movie ever made.
26 June 2004 | by (Far Harad) – See all my reviews

A movie that defines the idea of the underdogs rising to meet the challenge of greatness, Hoosiers gives the audience something to cheer for. A tough-as-nails coach with a heart of gold, a team of farmboys with dreams of making it to the state finals, a small town pinning their hopes on their little high school - the movie has it all. It is well-paced, and is not overladen with side-plots and frivolities. There are no doped-up, foul-mouthed players, no need for gratuitous "party hearty" shots of the players behaving like hedonists or abusing their opponents. Some sports movies may trade in that stock and be considered "great" for it; this film doesn't and it's better for it. Superbly cast, superbly acted, and superbly executed. A worthy addition to the library of any sports film fan.


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