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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For the scene where Dennis Hopper walks onto the court drunk in the middle of the game, Hopper wanted a ten-second notice before calling action. At the ten-second notice, he spun around in circles until action was called, allowing him to stagger onto the court in an awkward fashion in order to appear drunk. He remembered James Dean doing the same thing on Giant (1956) - he asked George Stevens for 30 seconds so that he could spin around to better feel the inebriation. See more »
Early in the film, when Coach Dale dismisses two players, it is said that Hickory high school has 64 boys. Later, during the state final radio broadcast, the announcer says that total enrollment for Hickory is 64. In Indiana high school boys basketball, enrollment is based on the number of students eligible to play, so 64 boys and 64 students would be correct. See more »
Coach Norman Dale:
If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners.
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Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut. See more »
Everybody, especially those who live in the Midwest, will love this movie about an intense coach (Gene Hackman) with a questionable reputation who finds himself in a small Indiana town faced with the unenviable task of turning around tiny Hickory High's 8-man basketball team. Basketball fans will appreciate the movie for its authentic portrayal of small-town high school basketball in the 1950's. ALL viewers will enjoy this fun film for its triumphs and its classic, feel-good story of David and Goliath. This movie is not about a basketball team. This movie is about an entire community that comes together and rallies around the one thing they can all share - the Hickory High Huskers. 10/10
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