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Blue Chips (1994)

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writer:

Ron Shelton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Pete Bell
Mary McDonnell ... Jenny Bell
J.T. Walsh ... Happy
Ed O'Neill ... Ed
Alfre Woodard ... Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy Bob Cousy ... Vic
Shaquille O'Neal ... Neon
Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway ... Butch McRae
Matt Nover ... Ricky Roe
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Slick
Anthony C. Hall ... Tony
Kevin Benton ... Jack
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Freddie
Marques Johnson Marques Johnson ... Mel
Robert Wuhl ... Marty
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Storyline

Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has pressures from all around. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

If You're Going To Win At Any Cost, Be Prepared To Pay The Price See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basta vincere See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,355,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shaquille O'Neal's first film. See more »

Goofs

During Western's season finale against the Coast, about midway through the game a Coast player goes up for a dunk and in the background a side scoreboard clearly reads 00 as the score for Western. See more »

Quotes

Pete Bell: Dwayne, you can get through college half-assed. Richard, you can get through LIFE half-assed. But I'll guarantee you boys one thing: sure as hell, I'll guarantee you this: you cannot *win* half-assed!
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Soundtracks

Baby, Please Don't Go
by Big Joe Williams (as Joe Williams)
Performed by Them
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Decent Movie, Good Sports Movie
10 August 2003 | by johnh087See all my reviews

Blue Chips, for a sports movie, was very well done and well put together. Pete Bell, played by Nolte, is a Bob Knight style coach at Western University, a fictitous university in LA (think UCLA). After a few sub-par seasons, he has his first losing season as head coach and to keep up with the other big programs (think Kentucky and Michigan), he needs to recruit some top players, or blue chips, to come to Western. Strictly against under the table recruiting, Bell is forced to make a tough decision. Recruit good but not great players and perhaps lose his job due to losing as head coach, or go after the top 10 recruits to keep his job and start winning again. The movie plays out well and supporting actors, JT Walsh and Shaq, give solid performances. As for the basketball action itself, this movie probably has the best game sequences I have ever seen in a movie, with real college players filling as extras. There is also a load of cameos, including Rick Pitino, Dick Vitale and Larry Bird to name a few. Blue Chips is a solid movie and a very good sports movie.


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