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Hoosiers (1986)

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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
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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They needed a second chance to finish first. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

An actual Milan Indian guard, Ray Craft, was in the movie. Craft greeted the Huskers when they got to the state finals, and he also told Coach Dale it was time to take the court before the state finals. See more »

Goofs

The flag used in the final game is hanging backwards. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Chitwood: I play, coach stays. He goes, I go.
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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 »

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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Big Band Highlight No. 2
Composed by Ole Georg (as Neil Amsterdam)
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Easily the best sports movie ever made.
26 June 2004 | by HaradrimSee all my reviews

A movie that defines the idea of the underdogs rising to meet the challenge of greatness, Hoosiers gives the audience something to cheer for. A tough-as-nails coach with a heart of gold, a team of farmboys with dreams of making it to the state finals, a small town pinning their hopes on their little high school - the movie has it all. It is well-paced, and is not overladen with side-plots and frivolities. There are no doped-up, foul-mouthed players, no need for gratuitous "party hearty" shots of the players behaving like hedonists or abusing their opponents. Some sports movies may trade in that stock and be considered "great" for it; this film doesn't and it's better for it. Superbly cast, superbly acted, and superbly executed. A worthy addition to the library of any sports film fan.


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