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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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In Your Face 2-18-94 See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

As in the film, Shaquille O'Neal's real final college game came against an Indiana team coached by Bob Knight, as the favored Hoosiers beat O'Neal's LSU Tigers 89-79 in the second round of the 1992 NCAA tournament. (The Hoosiers went on to reach the Final Four, losing in the national semifinals to the reigning champion Duke Blue Devils, who were coached by a famous Knight protege in Mike Krzyzewski and who went on to successfully repeat as national champions.) 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: ...But goddamnit, those kids played out their heart. They gave everything they had! They played up to the *maximum* of their ability! They gave it everything. And you know, it wasn't good enough. It wasn't good enough for me, wasn't good enough for you, wasn't good enough for anybody!
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Connections

Featured in 30 for 30: This Magic Moment (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
by Thomas A. Beckett
Arranged by Donovan C. Pennington
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User Reviews

 
Very Realistic movie
30 November 2015 | by justingivens-37319See all my reviews

This movie could have potentially been based on a true story. The plot of the movie was unlike any other basketball or sports movie. Also the casting of actual NBA players like Penny Hardaway and Shaq was brilliant by the director. They both played great parts in this movie as highly recruited blue chip basketball players and fit perfectly within the plot. This movie was also unique in the regards that it featured other universities like Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. Although this movie was a great movie overall , i feel it could have had a better ending. The ending of the movie was pretty weak and was the only downfall of this movie. However I still believe that this is one of the best basketball movies of all time and there will never be a movie like this again.


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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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