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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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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,607,524 (USA)
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Trivia

The theater that was closed for the final game burned down in 1999. See more »

Goofs

When the Hickory team arrives in Indianapolis and enters the building from the bus, an Amtrak sign is inside the door. Amtrak was created in 1971. See more »

Quotes

[Just before the big game]
Preacher Purl: And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen.
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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 Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.30 (2015) See more »

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Manchester High School Fight Song
Written and Composed by Harold Leckrone
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A superb time-capsule of mid-century, mid-western Americana.
7 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is authentic nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the mid-west in the 50's and 60's. It's what life looked like when I myself "came down to this planet" in the late 1940's and experienced my teens in the 60's.

The old school with high ceilings and gleaming wooden floors, the gyms with the gold-toned wall-tiles, even the hospital scene with the nurse in her starched white uniform -- all evoke a peculiar beauty that you no longer find today.

There is even a scene where a young teen girl yells "NO!" to an unjust referee call, and her pointy glasses and pony tail look so much like me back then, it feels like a glimpse into a parallel dimension.

I'd say this is a must-see experience for people my age -- although all ages can thoroughly enjoy the basketball action.

I'm glad for the social progress since then. But there is a "peculiar beauty" from those times that is starkly missing today.


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