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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After this film became a hit, Kent Poole acquired the nickname "Hollywood." Poole was a small-town Indiana high school basketball star. In 1982, Poole helped Western Boone High to a near miss in the Indiana state tournament. Poole's team lost their semistate game by one basket. The director knew Poole loved small-school spirit and felt he could deliver the movie's famous line, "Let's win this one for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here," with true heartfelt emotion. See more »
During the first practice, after Coach Dale dismisses two players from the team, they do drills with five players, then a two-man passing drill with six players, then another drill with five players. 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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