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Hoosiers (1986)

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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director:

David Anspaugh

Writer:

Angelo Pizzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Coach Norman Dale
Barbara Hershey ... Myra Fleener
Dennis Hopper ... Shooter
Sheb Wooley ... Cletus
Fern Persons Fern Persons ... Opal Fleener
Chelcie Ross ... George
Robert Swan ... Rollin
Michael O'Guinne Michael O'Guinne ... Rooster
Wil Dewitt Wil Dewitt ... Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson John Robert Thompson ... Sheriff Finley
Michael Sassone ... Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson Gloria Dorson ... Millie
Mike Dalzell Mike Dalzell ... Mayor Carl
Skip Welker Skip Welker ... Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)
Eric Gilliom Eric Gilliom ... J. June
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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 Thomas Pluck <stripey@winternet.com>

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They needed a second chance to finish first. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Amo, Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,068, 16 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,607,524
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a happy montage of Hickory winning a string of games, Dale was shown saying something to Shooter on the bench that made Shooter laugh. It wasn't until years later that David Anspaugh learned what Dennis Hopper was laughing at: Gene Hackman had told him, "Hopper, I hope you've invested well, because you and I are never gonna work after this movie. This is a career-ending film for both of us." See more »

Goofs

At the pep rally, the sousaphone player uses a Conn brand mouthpiece, first designed in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Coach Norman Dale: There's a, um tradition in tournament play- not talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you. I'm sure going to the state finals is beyond your wildest dreams, so let's just keep it right there.
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Crazy Credits

Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jellyscream! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Indiana (Back Home Again in Indiana)
Words by Ballard MacDonald
Music by James F. Hanley (as James Hanly)
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein, & Co., Inc.
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That championship season
23 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

David Anspaugh's "Hoosiers" is a film about the passion to excel in sports. It's also about a man's comeback to the game after a rough patch in his own life. "Hoosiers" is a timeless film that will look good after years of its release because it speaks to us about how someone can inspire a group of people to do their best, as they become confident in what they are trying to accomplish. The film was lovingly written for the screen by Angelo Pizzo.

Coach Norman Dale gets a reprieve in life when he is hired to coach the Hickory basket ball team in rural Indiana. Basketball is the game where most people in that state take an unusual interest. Their passion for the sport is evident. The new coach is looked with suspicion because he is an outsider and he believes in teamwork. He wants everyone to participate equally, which doesn't make for excitement in the court. The coach doesn't want anyone overshadowing another, that's why he insists in total involvement. Needless to say, his method clashes with the parents and towns people from the start.

The coach's past comes to haunt him when Myra Fleener, one of the teachers, discovers an article that reveals an incident Mr. Dale would like to forget. At the same time, Myra realizes the goodness in the coach's heart by involving the drunken Shooter into helping him with the team.

Gene Hackman has one of the best opportunities of his distinguished career with his portrayal of Coach Dale. He is splendid in the film and he wins us with his decency and by sticking to his principles, which he passes on to the team members. Barbara Hershey is also good as Myra, the young woman who falls in love with Dale. Dennis Hopper plays Shooter, the father of one of the kids in the team who has a drinking problem.

"Hoosiers" is an inspiring film that ought to be seen by young people because of its message about team spirit and how to interact with one another in peace and harmony.


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