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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

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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

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 »

Goofs

During the regional game against Linton, Hickory is down 33-37 at a timeout. Moments later, the score is 42-48 for Linton, then 31-36 for Linton. See more »

Quotes

Coach Norman Dale: First of all, let's be real friendly here, okay? My name is Norm. Secondly, your coaching days are over.
George: Look, mister, there's... two kinds of dumb, uh... guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don't matter, the second one you're kinda forced to deal with.
Coach Norman Dale: Translate. That some sort of threat?
George: I don't know why Cletus drug your tired old bones in here, he musta owed you somethin' fierce. Fact is, mister...
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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 Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 3 (2007) See more »

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Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Performed by Travel-Aires
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Full of passion and heart.
30 December 2000 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

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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