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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Coach Norman Dale
... Myra Fleener
... Shooter
... Cletus
Fern Persons ... Opal Fleener
... George
... Rollin
Michael O'Guinne ... Rooster
Wil Dewitt ... Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson ... Sheriff Finley
... Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson ... Millie
Mike Dalzell ... Mayor Carl
Skip Welker ... Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)
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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It'll go straight to your heart. See more »

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Drama | Sport

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired in part by the 1954 Indiana State champs, Milan Indians. See more »

Goofs

During a practice session, Coach Dale's dress shirt goes from white to blue to white again. See more »

Quotes

Coach Norman Dale: [after sitting an injured Everett] Strap, in for Everett. Don't shoot the ball unless you're under the basket all by yourself!
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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 »


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Hail to Southport
Written and Composed by Doris Schlensker
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The ROCKY of Basketball
1 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Classic movie which effectively transports the audience to 1952 Indiana countryside and the story's circumstances.One of the all time best sports dramas ever and also one of film's all time best pure dramas as well.The lead actors are so believable and the attention to detail so admirable.Love story subplot is created to please romance fans as well as add more to the story.To Basketball fans,it is also a great lesson regarding the POWER OF GAME FUNDAMENTAL KNOW HOW.Athletics is a great weapon in Basketball BUT INTELLIGENT KNOW HOW can take a player with little athletic ability to a very high level.When a young player with great athletic ability takes the patience to learn the KNOW HOWS,he becomes superhuman like.This is the lesson HOOSIERS has effectively demonstrated.A must see for all Basketball fans and most sports movie fans......


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