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Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 18 February 1994 (USA)
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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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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$22,355,000 (USA)
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Shaquille O'Neal's first film. See more »

Goofs

When Neon was in the classroom playing with the children he was shown picking up a child with a Barry Bonds Jersey on (#25). When Jenny Bell turned to him and said "Neon, please try not to step on the children", he was then holding a different child. See more »

Quotes

Happy: I own you, Pete. You're mine!
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.38 (2015) See more »

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Land of a Thousand Dances
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Tells it like it is
25 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pete Bell is a college basketball coach. He's under pressure to win and is under pressure to get the players by any means necessary. How will he stand up to the pressure or will he give in to pressure?

Basketball movies are often the `weak team overcomes' type and are not exactly great. Some are good (Hoosiers) but most are mildly distracting at best (The air up there), few reach the heights of Hoop Dreams. However Blue Chips is good because it manages to cast a critical eye over the real world of college ball – there are no small town winners, there are no `kids with hearts of gold' etc – instead it is as much a business as the NBA and the stakes are high to get the best players.

Bell shows us how he must juggle doing what's right but also doing what the players want in order to get a winning team. This is refreshing – rather than yet another sports movie with the same old cliches. The down side is that it doesn't go far enough in my mind and it doesn't offer solutions.

Nolte is good and is really convincing as a coach – even if he's a bit OTT at times on the sidelines. His support is great in the form of McDonnell, Walsh, Woodard and the real players of Shaq and Penny do OK. The cast is also filled out with plenty of coaches, commentators and such from real life – so there's plenty to see.

Overall this is one of my favourite basketball movies simply because it tells it like it is – even if it does have it's weaknesses.


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