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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gene Hackman and David Anspaugh clashed throughout most of the production. "Gene had me on the verge of a nervous breakdown," Anspaugh told Vulture. "He gave me my first anxiety attack: One morning I woke up and I couldn't walk; the room was spinning. I thought every day on the film was going to be my last because Gene's agent was trying to get me fired." According to Anspaugh, the only thing that saved his job was the dailies. "The producers said, 'Look, David's not getting fired,'" the director recalled. "And we showed a half-hour of dailies to Gene's agent, and he saw that what we were making was actually pretty good." See more »
In the Hickory Gym, the line where the modern free throw lane was removed is clearly visible. See more »
[a player complains about the training]
Coach Norman Dale:
You are in the Army. You're in my Army. Everyday between three and five.
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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 »
Big Band Highlight No. 3
Composed by Ole Georg (as Neil Amsterdam)
Courtesy of Capitol Productions Music See more »
Full of passion and heart.
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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