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Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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It'll go straight to your heart. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 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)
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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)
 
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114 min
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Trivia:
Maris Valainis was told that whether he made the last shot or not, people were going to rush the floor because of the need for a wide shot of the court. Luckily, he made it as shown in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During a practice session, the color of Coach Dale's dress shirt goes from white to blue to white again.See more »
Quotes:
Coach Norman Dale:Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team - no one more important that the other.See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A great portrait of Indiana high school basketball's glory days!, 27 April 2005
Author: leczorn (stevenmcatee@yahoo.com) from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

When I heard that a movie was being made about Milan (Indiana) High School's improbable 1954 boys' basketball state championship54, I was excited. Not only because I, like most Hoosiers, love basketball but also because of my family connection to "The Milan Miracle," as it's widely known. One of my uncles, Bob Wichmann, was a member of that team. MHS was by far the smallest school to win the championship in Indiana's 87 years of single class basketball. I was really looking forward to see who they were going to choose to play Uncle Bob!

When I learned around the time of the movie's release that it wasn't going to be be an actual biography but merely inspired by the Milan 1954 team, I was disappointed. Shortly afterward, on my 16th birthday, my maternal grandparents - Uncle Bob's parents - took me to see the movie at a theater. I didn't dislike it but I had a hard time being objective about it because it was something other than what hoped it would be.

But I recently gave "Hoosiers" another shot. I bought its two DVD collector's edition - largely for the bonus features - and saw the movie for only the second time ever and the first time in 18 years, a little over half of my life. The second time, I managed to view it simply as it is as opposed to my original expectations and I enjoyed it much more.

"Hoosiers" in a fictional story about the 1951-52 Hickory High School team. The Huskers are coming off a solid 15-10 season but are now in disarray following the death of their coach and the subsequent departure of their best player, the painfully quiet Jimmy Chitwood (played by Maris Valainis).

Their new coach, Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), arrives after practice for the new season has already begun. Dale is a former college coach who has spent the last 10 years in the Navy and his tenure with the Huskers gets off to a bad start. Two of the team's seven remaining players quit during his first practice - though both end up returning - and he alienates much of the town with his dogmatic philosophy and sometimes abrasive style.

Among those not pleased with Dale is fellow teacher Myra Fleener (Barbara Hershey) who thinks that basketball is over emphasized and academics are under emphasized. She and Dale clash a few times early on, which means, of course, that they end up falling in love.

The season starts off badly for the Huskers and a town meeting is soon scheduled to decide whether to fire Dale of keep him. Fleener has discovered that he was fired from his college coaching job for hitting one of his players but doesn't reveal that information and speaks on his behalf. Still, the audience seems largely unmoved.

It looks like Dale is about to be fired but Chitwood enters like the calvary and, speaking for one of the few times in the movie, says that he is ready to return to playing but will do so only if the coach stays. Dale's job is saved and from there, the team improves greatly and becomes a state championship contender.

You can probably figure out what happens in the end, but the movie works the underdog formula to perfection without being overly cliché.

The performances in "Hoosiers" are great, particularly Dennis Hopper's best supporting actor Oscar nominated role as Shooter, the father of one of the players. Hopper does a phenomenal job of acting like a basketball crazed drunk, though I thought it was a bit much for Dale to make him an assistant coach. That is one of a few cases of over Hollywoodization in this movie.

And where I think the movie succeeds the most is in portraying Indiana's unique love for high school basketball. Many non-Hoosiers who see the movie probably think that the residents criticizing the coach on the street, the caravan of cars traveling to away games, the emotional town meeting on the coach's fate and the general hysteria are an exaggeration. That is not the case.

High school basketball in Indiana was an obsession for several decades and still is, though to a lesser extent. Many small towns passionately embraced the local high school team, which was often a point of unity, identity and pride.

One other strong point about the movie, the late, great Jerry Goldsmith's adrenaline pumping music heightens the emotion of the game scenes down the stretch.

The collector's edition DVD set also contains three bonus features that I think are worthy of mention here:

*A 29 minute documentary about the making of the movie, the Milan '54 story and Indiana's love for basketball.

*The 1954 state championship game between Milan and Muncie Central. I'm almost 100% sure that the commentary is done by Tom Carnegie, who was been the voice of the Indianapolis 500 since 1946. Tom was the commentator on the ESPN broadcast of the game last year.

The game footage is far from great but it's not bad and it's good to have any at all. The audio quality is shaky. But it's great to finally have this monumentally historic game easily available.

*Several deleted scenes, introduced by director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo. In my opinion, a few of the scenes were unnecessary but many should have been included. One of those scenes gives insight in Buddy Walker's (Brad Long) return to the team and several others give deeper insight into the romantic relationship that developed between Dale and Fleener. Pizzo and Anspaugh said they wanted to include some of those scenes but were told by the movie company to make the movie under two hours.

In conclusion, I now greatly enjoy "Hoosiers" as fiction and its new collector's edition DVD set is a great buy for any sports movie fan! 8/10

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