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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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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 <stripey@winternet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It'll go straight to your heart. See more »


Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Best Shot  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$28,607,524 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Hollar was actually playing basketball for DePauw University at the time. The NCAA noticed when the film was released. The NCAA eventually decided that Hollar had been hired as an actor, not a basketball player. He still got a three-game suspension and was told to return 5% of his pay. See more »


In the basketball scenes at the State Finals, the backboard have padded edges. Backboard padding wasn't added until years after the movie setting. See more »


[about Jimmy Chitwood]
Myra Fleener: You know, a basketball hero around here is treated like a god, er, uh, how can he ever find out what he can really do? I don't want this to be the high point of his life. I've seen them, the real sad ones. They sit around the rest of their lives talking about the glory days when they were seventeen years old.
Coach Norman Dale: You know, most people would kill... to be treated like a god, just for a few moments.
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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 »


Referenced in One Tree Hill: I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight (2009) See more »


Butler War Song
Composed by John Heiney
Courtesy of Butler University
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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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