Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.Written by
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In the locker room before the final game, on the blackboard are the last names of the players on the opposing team. These are the real last names of the actors who make up the Hickory team. See more »
A student in the school pep band plays a black wooden piccolo. In the 1950s, a high school student would've used a metal piccolo, not a wooden one, certainly not one with a wood head joint. See more »
Coach Norman Dale:
You know, in the ten years that I coached, I never met anybody who wanted to win as badly as I did. I'd do anything I had to do to increase my advantage. Anybody who tried to block the pursuit of that advantage, I'd just push 'em out of the way. Didn't matter who they were, or what they were doing. But that was then. You have special talent, a gift. Not the school's, not the townspeople, not the team's, not Myra Fleener's, not mine. It's yours, to do with what you choose. Because that's what I ...
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Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »
The TV version of the film has been disowned by director David Anspaugh, and its director's credit goes to "Jack Nemo". See more »
This film is primarily about Basketball, but don't let that fool you, I have no interest in the game but I was yanked into it and was feeling the passion of the coach, players and the town all the way through.
The underlying thread is of forgiveness and second chances. You never really know what was behind the need for these second chances, but that doesn't matter, you feel for these people, and a lot of that is to do with Gene Hackman.
One of my favourite actors, Hackman pulls off a fantastic performance here, with an amazing backup from Dennis Hopper. What a combination.
Passion, guts, determination, and without too much of a sickly taste in the mouth. A lovely film to watch.
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