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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 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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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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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

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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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Trivia

Nick Nolte was Director William Friedkin's only choice for Pete Bell. 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: Boys, the rules don't make much sense. But I believe in the rules. Some of us broke them. I broke them. I can't do this. I can't win like this.
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Soundtracks

Baby, Please Don't Go
by Big Joe Williams (as Joe Williams)
Performed and produced by Nile Rodgers
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Good basketball movie
8 June 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

While the story was rather interesting, it seemed like it was too sensationalized for it own good. Unfortunately, in a movie about basketball players, one cannot find 7-foot actors, which meant Shaq O'Neal was one of the few people who could fill the role. This entire film tries to hard, accentuating points too harshly, and showing how corrupt the entire system in a manner that doesn't appear believable. I will say this, Nick Nolte really embodies the uber-Bobby Knight character, and what happened to Matt Nover? He was clearly the only good actor amongst all of the basketball players in the film.


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