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
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As Merle is hitting the game winning shot with the "Picket Fence" play, the location of his defender switches between shots. In one shot, the defender is attempting to block the shot from the front. In the other shot, the defender is attempting to block the shot from the back. See more »
[a player complains about the training]
Coach Norman Dale:
You are in the Army. You're in my Army. Everyday between three and five.
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Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »
This film is primarily about Basketball, but don't let that fool you, I have no interest in the game but I was yanked into it and was feeling the passion of the coach, players and the town all the way through.
The underlying thread is of forgiveness and second chances. You never really know what was behind the need for these second chances, but that doesn't matter, you feel for these people, and a lot of that is to do with Gene Hackman.
One of my favourite actors, Hackman pulls off a fantastic performance here, with an amazing backup from Dennis Hopper. What a combination.
Passion, guts, determination, and without too much of a sickly taste in the mouth. A lovely film to watch.
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