Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  18 February 1994 (USA)
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A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Bell
Jenny Bell
Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy ...
Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway ...
Butch McRae
Matt Nover ...
Ricky Roe
Cylk Cozart ...
Bill Cross ...
Marques Johnson ...


Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has pressures from all around. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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$22,355,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Under-Rated Sports Film That Tells Important Story
15 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Blue Chips" is a vastly under-rated sports film which deals with the shady dealings of colleges and their players. Nick Nolte plays a college basketball coach who is so desperate to return to his glory days that he breaks the rules by giving his newest recruits (Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, and Matt Nover) basically anything they and their families want. School alumnus J.T. Walsh is the catalyst to these shady dealings and now the college has a winning team again, but at what price? "Blue Chips" is another one of William Friedkin's films that is much deeper than it first appears on the surface. With the exception of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist", this is his finest film as a director. His documentary-style makes you feel as if you are in on all the action. Numerous parts are played by real basketball players and coaches, adding a great bit of realism to the story. "The French Connection" benefited from this style by having real cops in key roles and "The Exorcist" did the same having priests play themselves. Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, and Matt Nover do surprisingly well with the material. They are all three-dimensional characters and shine throughout the film. However with that said, it is Nick Nolte who is the primary factor that makes the film well worth while. Far from perfect, but still a very good movie. 4 out of 5 stars.

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