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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$22,355,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick Nolte and Louis Gosset Jr. played together in The Deep 1977. See more »


During Western's season finale against the Coast, about midway through the game a Coast player goes up for a dunk and in the background a side scoreboard clearly reads 00 as the score for Western. See more »


Pete Bell: Boys, the rules don't make much sense. But I believe in the rules. Some of us broke them. I broke them. I can't do this. I can't win like this.
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Baby Please Don't Go
Written by Big Joe Williams
Performed by Them
Published by Deram
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My favorite basketball movie ever.
30 September 1998 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

Blue Chips is a great basketball movie. It features great, realistic basketball action filmed at normal speed using low angles so you can't tell they are acting. Nick Nolte is fantastic as Coach Pete Bell with so many great quotes I couldn't list them all here. Directed by William Friedkin, (The Exorcist) Blue Chips really uses it basketball players well. Athletes are probably the worst actors in the world, but in this movie they do most of their acting on the court so it really works. The action is told almost exclusively through Nick Nolte's point of view and his inner conflict with breaking the collegiate rules is stressed heavily. Also features memorable performances by J.T. Walsh as Happy, and cameos by countless college basketball players and coaches and a very entertaining cameo by Larry Bird. I strongly recommend you watch this movie, it's the best basketball movie ever!

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