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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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Jenny Bell
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Happy
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Ed
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Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy ...
Vic
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Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway ...
Butch McRae
Matt Nover ...
Ricky Roe
Cylk Cozart ...
Slick
Anthony C. Hall ...
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Jack
Bill Cross ...
Freddie
Marques Johnson ...
Mel
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Marty
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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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If You're Going To Win At Any Cost, Be Prepared To Pay The Price See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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$22,355,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Nick Nolte wrote a 200-page novel about Pete Bell to tap into the character's psyche. See more »

Goofs

After the losing season at the start of the movie, Coach Bell travels to see Butch play a high school game. The college season outlasts the high school season by weeks to months. There is no chance that Butch's team is playing a home game after the college's regular season is over. There is a small chance that the coach could have gone to a State Tournament game to see Butch play, but even those tournaments are over before the college season ends. In addition, most high school players have signed a letter of intent early in their senior year making a recruiting trip in the early spring unrealistic. It is understandable from a pacing perspective why the film was shot this way. The coach has another losing season and decides not to let it happen again and goes after the Blue Chip players to be better next year. In the real world, he would have been making the recruiting trips (or his assistant coaches would have) much earlier, during the season and not after it. See more »

Quotes

Happy: I own you, Pete. You're mine!
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Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.38 (2015) See more »

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All Along the Watchtower
by Bob Dylan
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Elber B.V.
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underrated
14 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Blue Chips looks at the greed, cheating, and winning at all costs in the world of college basketball. Nick Nolte plays the stressed out coach on the verge of his first losing season, who hits the road in search of new players not already signed by other big name schools. He finds three prospects, a Chicago sharp shooter (Anfernee Hardaway), a farm boy (Matt Nover), and a talented troublemaker (Shaquille O'Neal). All three, wise to the ways of college basketball recruitment, make excessive financial and lifestyle demands before they can be persuaded to come to the school; Nolte, already haunted by accusations of underhanded dealings, doesn't want to dig himself in any deeper, but has no choice if he wants to win again. Blue Chips is a very underrated sports movie, there are plenty of cameos from basketball stars (at the time) and legends you may enjoy.


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