Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town. After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.
Release Date: November 14, 1986
Writer: Angelo Pizzo
Director: David Anspaugh
Producer: John Daly, Carter DeHaven, Derek Gibson, Angelo Pizzo
Cast: Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Gene Hackman, Sheb Wooley, David Neidorf, Brad Boyle, Fern Persons, Steve Hollar, Brad Long, Kent Poole, Wade Schenck, Scott Summers, Maris Valainis
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Hoosiers is one of the first sports movies I saw and is a standard for how I look at other sports movies. Gene Hackman is very memorable as the coach and it takes back to the way basketball was before playground basketball took over. There is some language at times, but other than that I don't recall much else that would be inappropriate for a younger crowd.April 9th, 2013 · Details
Each parent should pray they have a son or daughter that is privileged enough to be coached by someone like Coach Dale. This is what sports is really about-building people, not athletes.February 27th, 2013 · Details
Parents need to know that Hoosiers focuses on a tiny farming town's small high school basketball team, which works its way to becoming improbable state champions. They achieve this by learning to play as a team, as taught by a new coach who has a past and obstacles of his own to overcome. There's lots of emotional intensity here, of the "who will win?" variety. The movie also deals with alcoholism but features the redemption of two adult leads. There's some profanity: A coach asks a referee who has made a bad call, "You got pigeon s--t in your eyes?" At another moment of stress, he says, "Ah, Jesus." There are several sports melees, including a bench-clearing brawl at the sectional championship game. One such altercation results in a bloody injury that requires eight stitches. Strong positive messages include not judging a book by its cover, giving second chances, and the importance of hard work, discipline, and teamwork.
The best basketball movie ever made and just one of the best sports movies ever. I have seen it about a billion times but it still captures my attention every time I watch it. Even if you don't enjoy basketball, you will find yourself rooting for this small town basketball team. Everyone should see this movie at least once in there lifetime.December 2nd, 2013 · Details