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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

Jerry Goldsmith's score is well known for its "Americana" essence, but the music itself was ironically performed by the Hungarian State Opera orchestra in Budapest. American orchestral unions were reportedly upset with Goldsmith for choosing a foreign orchestra to use for a lower budget film. This is understandable due to the Hungarian orchestra's occasional performance flubs heard throughout the score. Nonetheless, Goldsmith used this orchestra (as well as the Hungarian State symphony orchestra) on most of his other late 80s scores. See more »

Goofs

A student in the school pep band plays a black wooded piccolo. In the 1950s, a high school student would've used a metal piccolo, not a wooden one, certainly not one with a wood headjoint. See more »

Quotes

Coach Norman Dale: [after Strap has scored two quick baskets] What's gotten into you?
Strap Purl: It's the Lord, I can feel His strength!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: The Devil and Maya Gallo (1997) 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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The ROCKY of Basketball
1 September 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Classic movie which effectively transports the audience to 1952 Indiana countryside and the story's circumstances.One of the all time best sports dramas ever and also one of film's all time best pure dramas as well.The lead actors are so believable and the attention to detail so admirable.Love story subplot is created to please romance fans as well as add more to the story.To Basketball fans,it is also a great lesson regarding the POWER OF GAME FUNDAMENTAL KNOW HOW.Athletics is a great weapon in Basketball BUT INTELLIGENT KNOW HOW can take a player with little athletic ability to a very high level.When a young player with great athletic ability takes the patience to learn the KNOW HOWS,he becomes superhuman like.This is the lesson HOOSIERS has effectively demonstrated.A must see for all Basketball fans and most sports movie fans......


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