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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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Victory Doesn't Come Cheap See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Coach Pete Bell has his personal realization that he can't live with winning by any means necessary, he does so in front of a locker room sign that says "Don't Complicate Winning". See more »

Goofs

After the losing season at the start of the movie, Coach Bell travels to see Butch play a high school game. The college season outlasts the high school season by weeks to months. There is no chance that Butch's team is playing a home game after the college's regular season is over. There is a small chance that the coach could have gone to a State Tournament game to see Butch play, but even those tournaments are over before the college season ends. In addition, most high school players have signed a letter of intent early in their senior year making a recruiting trip in the early spring unrealistic. It is understandable from a pacing perspective why the film was shot this way. The coach has another losing season and decides not to let it happen again and goes after the Blue Chip players to be better next year. In the real world, he would have been making the recruiting trips (or his assistant coaches would have) much earlier, during the season and not after it. 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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Connections

Referenced in Workaholics: Timechair (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Dolphin Fight Song (Reprise)
by Jed Leiber
Performed and produced by Nile Rodgers
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User Reviews

 
See Shaq before he had his own zip code
29 September 2003 | by Vladefan21See all my reviews

This isn't a bad movie at all. Considering the scandals that have come to light about college athletes receiving cars, houses, money, etc. this film has even more relevance today than it did when it first came out.

To see a Shaquille O'Neal full of potential and natural talent (yet not yet spoiled by his own success) is a thrill - even for a Kings fan. His acting isn't the point; it's the few scenes that show him actually playing basketball that are worth watching for.


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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

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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