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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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson wanted to play Coach Norman Dale but he was unable to take the role because he was serving as a witness in a lawsuit, which sidelined him for six months.. He told the producers he knew they were on a tight schedule to shoot, and if they found another actor, to go ahead. If not, he could do it the next year. Gene Hackman then signed on for the part. After the film came out, Nicholson said to David Anspaugh that the movie and its stars were great, but that it would have been a "megahit" if he been its star. 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: What's gotten into you?
Strap Purl: The Lord! I can feel His strength!
Coach Norman Dale: Well... keep His strength in the dribble alright?
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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 »


Soundtracks

Star Spangled Banner
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
Performed by Travel-Aires
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A superb time-capsule of mid-century, mid-western Americana.
7 March 2005 | by dimension04See all my reviews

This movie is authentic nostalgia for anyone who grew up in the mid-west in the 50's and 60's. It's what life looked like when I myself "came down to this planet" in the late 1940's and experienced my teens in the 60's.

The old school with high ceilings and gleaming wooden floors, the gyms with the gold-toned wall-tiles, even the hospital scene with the nurse in her starched white uniform -- all evoke a peculiar beauty that you no longer find today.

There is even a scene where a young teen girl yells "NO!" to an unjust referee call, and her pointy glasses and pony tail look so much like me back then, it feels like a glimpse into a parallel dimension.

I'd say this is a must-see experience for people my age -- although all ages can thoroughly enjoy the basketball action.

I'm glad for the social progress since then. But there is a "peculiar beauty" from those times that is starkly missing today.


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