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 <email@example.com>
The movie was renamed "Best Shot" in Europe because most Europeans wouldn't know what a Hoosier was. See more »
During the championship game, footage of the same alley-oop layup by Jimmy Chitwood is shown twice, from slightly different angles. The first one happens with about 4 minutes left in the game. The second occurs after a steal by Walker, making the score South Bend 40, Hickory 38. See more »
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.
43 of 56 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?