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Hoosiers (1986)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 27 February 1987 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Jimmy Chitwood has only 4 lines of dialogue in the whole movie. He has 3 lines in the scene where Coach Dale wins the vote to keep his job, then "I'll make it" in the climactic game. See more »

Goofs

When the team bus arrives at Butler Fieldhouse, it is shown decorated with long crepe-paper streamers. But when the bus was driven at highway speeds heading toward the Fieldhouse, these streamers would have been ripped to shreds within minutes. See more »

Quotes

Player: [to shorter player] Didn't know they grew 'em so small on the farm.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The TV version of the film has been disowned by director David Anspaugh, and its director's credit goes to "Jack Nemo". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jane Pauley Show: Episode dated 8 October 2004 (2004) See more »

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Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Performed by Travel-Aires
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Full of passion and heart.
30 December 2000 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoosiers 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

Gross USA:

$28,607,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,607,524
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema '84, Hemdale See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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