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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 overview, first billed only:
Sheb Wooley ...
Fern Persons ...
Robert Swan ...
Michael O'Guinne ...
Wil Dewitt ...
Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson ...
Sheriff Finley
Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson ...
Mike Dalzell ...
Mayor Carl
Skip Welker ...
Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)
Eric Gilliom ...
J. June


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 <>

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27 February 1987 (USA)  »

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$28,607,524 (USA)

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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 »


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 »


Merle Webb: Let's win this game for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here.
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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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