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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.

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Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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Release Date:
27 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (Cast overview, first billed only)

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
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114 min
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Trivia:
Steve Hollar (Rade) played high school basketball in Warsaw, Indiana. Warsaw was the state champion in 1984, when Hollar was a junior.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: After the tournament starts, Coach Dale and Myra go for a walk in the woods. It's March, but fall harvest corn appears in the background. The corn has been picked, but the corn stalks aren't mashed to ground the way modern harvesters leave them. That's correct for the time period.See more »
Quotes:
Myra Fleener:A man your age comes to a place like this, either he's running away from something or he has nowhere else to go.
Coach Norman Dale:What I'm doing here has *nothing* to do with you.
Myra Fleener:Just stay away from Jimmy. I don't want him coaching in Hickory when *he's* fifty.
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
In Inspiriing Story Of Second-Chances, 21 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

What makes this one of the most popular sports films of all time isn't just the sport, it's because it's such a human-interest film, such a wonderful story of giving people second chances in life. Add a true-life David beat Goliath story and you have an appealing film.

It doesn't hurt that Gene Hackman is the star, either. He may not have that celebrity appeal or the looks of Clark Gable or Bratt Pitt, but this man can flat-out act! He makes a very believable high school basketball coach who is tough-but-fair on the outside and soft-and-compassionate on the inside.

The story of an extremely tiny school defying the odds and becoming a state champion in dramatic form was so inspiring that this film has played thousands of times for 20 years now by high school coaches to their kids for motivation.

But the key to the story is the coach getting a second chance in life to do what he loves and does best and he, in turn, giving others a second chance such as the alcoholic here played by Dennis Hopper. There are great lessons on teamwork, patience, tolerance and a whole bunch of other qualities. In one of the DVD documentaries, both Hackman and Hoppper comment on how many times people have approached them and THIS is the movie they mention that meant so much them. That says a lot since both men have made many famous movies.

An unsung hero of this movie is the cinematography. Man, this is beautifully filmed and the rural Midwest has never looked so pretty and appealing. It paints a beautiful picture of this part of the United States. It also paints a fond remembrance of the early 1950s. You get an honest-to-goodness feel of what it's like to be part of a basketball in this area during that time,

Basketball meant an awful lot - and still does - to these folks. If you are sports fan in particularly, this movie will bring a tear or two to your eyes. However, this story is for everyone who believes people deserve chances to overcome previous mistakes. Few films, whatever the topic, have the "heart" this movie demonstrates.

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