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Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 18 February 1994 (USA)
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 ... Vic
Shaquille O'Neal ... Neon
Penny Hardaway Penny Hardaway ... Butch McRae (as Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway)
Matt Nover ... Ricky Roe
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Slick
Anthony C. Hall 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The crew, including Shaquille O'Neal, stayed at the Howard Johnson in Lafayette, Indiana for two weeks during filming. See more »

Goofs

Algiers, Louisiana was portrayed as being in a rural setting. Algiers is actually an urban neighborhood in the 15th Ward of New Orleans. See more »

Quotes

Pete Bell: You know, some place in America right now, there's some 10-year-old kid. He's out there on that playground, and he's playing, he's dribbling between his legs, he's going left, he's going right, he's already above the rim, and he's stuffing it home. And you know what's going to happen to this kid? Five minutes from now he's gonna be surrounded by ya. Agents, corporate sponsors, and coaches, I mean, people like me just drooling over this kid because he holds our future employment in his hands. I ...
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Connections

Referenced in Golic and Wingo: Episode #1.66 (2018) See more »

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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User Reviews

 
Most Underrated Sports Movie Ever!
5 March 2009 | by chrisinaltoonaSee all my reviews

I'm not a big sports movie guy, so I went into this not really expecting much other than killing 90 some minutes. I loved it! To see the struggle of a school and coach as they attempt to create a legit winning team in an environment of corruption was interesting. Then when they join that corruption it becomes exciting, you just know it's gonna blowup some time. Nick Nolte carries this film throughout it's entirety, and amazingly the real life players do a great job of acting and the rest of the cast is perfect. I love how they took real players and coaches and brought them into this film, it fits perfectly. The last 35 minutes of this film is brilliant. I've seen many people here talk of how bad this film is, I wonder if they just don't care about sports that much like myself, or have some underlying bias about admitting the corruption exists and always has in much of college sports. I don't care for sports! But I loved this film. The ratings this film gets on here really ticks me off, what is it, a 5.5 star average? I've learned one thing on here and other review sites, if you let others judge for you, you'll miss a lot of good movies.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Chips See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,123,605, 21 February 1994

Gross USA:

$23,070,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,070,663
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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