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Hoosiers -- 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.
Hoosiers -- 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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Writer:
Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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Release Date:
27 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It'll go straight to your heart. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Coach Norman Dale

Barbara Hershey ... Myra Fleener

Dennis Hopper ... Shooter
Sheb Wooley ... Cletus
Fern Persons ... Opal Fleener

Chelcie Ross ... George
Robert Swan ... Rollin
Michael O'Guinne ... Rooster
Wil Dewitt ... Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson ... Sheriff Finley

Michael Sassone ... Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson ... Millie
Mike Dalzell ... Mayor Carl
Skip Welker ... Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)

Eric Gilliom ... J. June
Robert Boyle ... Referee (Oolitic)
Jerry D. Petro ... Referee (Oolitic)
Sam Smiley ... Referee (Cedar Knob)
Tom McConnell ... Coach (Cedar Knob)
Dennis Farkas ... Gorilla player (Cedar Knob)
Tim Fogarty ... Referee (Verdi)
Spyridon Stratigos ... Referee (Logootee) (as Don Stratigos)
Ken Strunk ... Referee (Dugger)
Jerry D. Larrison ... Referee (Terhune)
Thomas W. Marshall ... Referee (Terhune)
Gary Long ... Coach (Jasper)
C.W. Mundy ... Coach (Jasper)
Jeff Moster ... Player (Jasper)
Ralph H. Shively ... Doc Buggins
Rich Komenich ... Reporter
Scott Miley ... Reporter
Robert Sutton ... Reporter
Ray Crowe ... Coach (State)
Ray Craft ... Official (finals)
Tom Carnegie ... Finals P.A. Announcer
Hilliard Gates ... Radio Announcer (finals)
Laura Robling ... Hickory Cheerleader
Nancy Harris ... Hickory Cheerleader
Libbey Schenck ... Hickory Cheerleader
Brad Boyle ... Whit
Steve Hollar ... Rade
Brad Long ... Buddy
David Neidorf ... Everett
Kent Poole ... Merle
Wade Schenck ... Ollie
Scott Summers ... Strap
Maris Valainis ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John E. Blazier ... Spectator in Jasper Gym (uncredited)

Anthony Bruce ... Basketball Fan (uncredited)
Erin Eller ... Fan (uncredited)
Bill Gulde ... Spotlight Blocker (uncredited)
Hugh Richard Heinsohn ... Angry Citizen (uncredited)
Kenny Jobe ... National Anthem Quartet (uncredited)
Kent Kercheval ... National Anthem Quartet (uncredited)
Darrin Lafferty ... National Anthem Quartet (uncredited)
Dennis Lafferty ... National Anthem Quartet (uncredited)

Duke Thomas Low ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bobby Plump ... (uncredited)
Aaron Weiler ... Spectator at State Finals (uncredited)

Directed by
David Anspaugh 
 
Writing credits
Angelo Pizzo (written by)

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Carter DeHaven .... producer (as Carter De Haven)
Derek Gibson .... executive producer
Graham Henderson .... associate producer
Angelo Pizzo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
 
Casting by
Ken Carlson 
 
Production Design by
David Nichols 
 
Art Direction by
David Lubin 
 
Set Decoration by
Janis Lubin 
Brendan Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
 
Makeup Department
Daniel Marc .... hair stylist
Carole Scheidler .... assistant hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist
Michael Williams .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Graham Henderson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director
Larry M. Davis .... second second assistant director
Forrest L. Futrell .... first assistant director: second unit
Angelo Pizzo .... second unit director
Harvey Waldman .... key second assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Baum .... assistant property master (as Rich Baum)
Clayton Hartley .... assistant art director: second unit
Brick Mason .... production illustrator
Raoul Moore .... head carpenter
James A. Rathbun .... property master
Mark Wieringa .... construction coordinator (as Mark W. Wieringa)
Gayle Wurthner .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
David Brownlow .... production sound mixer
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Bill Phillips .... supervising sound editor
John Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Mike Warner .... sound editor
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Geoff Brewer .... stunts
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (as Dean Ferrandini)
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Countryman .... crane operator
Don Devine .... first assistant camera
David Dubois .... electrician
Gary Farr .... still photographer
John Farr .... grip
Robert Gray .... key grip (as Bob Gray)
Khan Griffith .... dolly grip
Christopher Hackman .... second assistant camera: second unit
Scott Howell .... best boy grip (as Scott A. Howell)
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer
Kim Kono .... best boy electric (as Kim K. Kono)
Philip Lee .... second assistant camera
Moshe Levin .... assistant Steadicam operator
Jeff Lint .... electrician
Danny McDermott .... electrician
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Frank Perl .... first assistant camera: second unit
Patrick Reddish .... gaffer: second unit
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
Jon Tilton .... rigging gaffer
Oliver Wood .... director of photography: second unit
David Yosha .... grip
Thom Zimmerman .... second camera operator
Karl Hall Koch .... head rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Stephen Meyers .... extras casting coordinator
Kristin Nelson .... casting associate
Debby Shively .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Amos .... wardrobe
Murshel Lewis .... wardrobe (as Murshel C. Lewis)
Jeanne Mascia .... wardrobe (as M. Jeanne Mascia)
Raggs .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary Law Weir .... key costumer (as Mary Weir)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant film editor
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Dan Muscarella .... color timer (as Daniel Muscarella)
Frank J. Urioste .... additional film editor
Robert Wheeler .... second assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music recordist (as Mike Ross)
Jerry Goldsmith .... musician (uncredited)
Joel Goldsmith .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Anton .... transportation captain (as Steven Anton)
Tom Countryman .... driver: insert car
George Dale .... driver: honeywagon
William 'Fleet' Eakland .... transportation coordinator (as William Eakland)
Bart Heimburger .... period vehicle coordinator
Michael Hendrickson .... transportation co-captain
Daniel Rothstein .... driver: production van
 
Other crew
Tom Abernathy .... technical advisor
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking: Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederland
Marilyn Bailey .... script supervisor
Christopher S. Capp .... production assistant
Jerome Harold Cler .... production assistant
John Collier Bennett .... production assistant
Maureen Duffy .... production secretary (as Maureen Ann Duffy)
Matt Gatson .... production assistant
Glenn Gaylord .... assistant production accountant
Ellen Gelzleichter .... first aid
Cathy Mickel Gibson .... production accountant
Leon Griffith .... police officer: Indiana State
Alan Grodin .... legal services: Cooper, Epstein & Hurewitz
Tim Harte .... police coordinator: Indiana State (as Sgt. Tim Harte)
Robert Jellen .... insurance: Albert G. Ruben and Company Inc.
Jonathan Locke .... assistant craft service
Diana Mazza .... advisor: cheerleading
Tom McConnell .... technical advisor
Karen Altman Morgenstern .... production coordinator
Phill Norman .... title designer
Fiora Pizzo .... production assistant
Luis Reyes .... unit publicist
Trudy Salven .... travel arrangements: TST International
Rick Schmidlin .... location manager
Daniel Schott .... craft service (as Daniel K. Schott)
Spyridon Stratigos .... basketball coordinator (as Spyridon 'Strats' Stratigos)
Pat Webb .... assistant location manager
John Wheeler .... police officer: Indiana State
Laurie White .... assistant: Mr. De Haven
 
Thanks
Karen Galvin .... thanks
John Mutz .... thanks (as Lt. Governor John Mutz)
Robert D. Orr .... thanks (as Governor Robert Orr)
 
Crew verified as complete


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114 min
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Color (CFI)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the locker room before the final game, on the blackboard are the last names of the players on the opposing team. These are the real last names of the actors who make up the Hickory team.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the locker room prior to the start of the state championship game, the coach is seen writing on the chalk board. At the top of the board he has clearly misspelled the word "penetration" as "penetraetion".See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy Chitwood:I play, coach stays. He goes, I go.See more »
Soundtrack:
Big Band Highlight No. 2See more »

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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
That championship season, 23 August 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

David Anspaugh's "Hoosiers" is a film about the passion to excel in sports. It's also about a man's comeback to the game after a rough patch in his own life. "Hoosiers" is a timeless film that will look good after years of its release because it speaks to us about how someone can inspire a group of people to do their best, as they become confident in what they are trying to accomplish. The film was lovingly written for the screen by Angelo Pizzo.

Coach Norman Dale gets a reprieve in life when he is hired to coach the Hickory basket ball team in rural Indiana. Basketball is the game where most people in that state take an unusual interest. Their passion for the sport is evident. The new coach is looked with suspicion because he is an outsider and he believes in teamwork. He wants everyone to participate equally, which doesn't make for excitement in the court. The coach doesn't want anyone overshadowing another, that's why he insists in total involvement. Needless to say, his method clashes with the parents and towns people from the start.

The coach's past comes to haunt him when Myra Fleener, one of the teachers, discovers an article that reveals an incident Mr. Dale would like to forget. At the same time, Myra realizes the goodness in the coach's heart by involving the drunken Shooter into helping him with the team.

Gene Hackman has one of the best opportunities of his distinguished career with his portrayal of Coach Dale. He is splendid in the film and he wins us with his decency and by sticking to his principles, which he passes on to the team members. Barbara Hershey is also good as Myra, the young woman who falls in love with Dale. Dennis Hopper plays Shooter, the father of one of the kids in the team who has a drinking problem.

"Hoosiers" is an inspiring film that ought to be seen by young people because of its message about team spirit and how to interact with one another in peace and harmony.

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