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Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

One of the most rousingly enjoyable sports movies ever made, this small-town drama tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championship tournament. It's a familiar story, but sensitive direction and a splendid screenplay helped make this one of the best films of 1986, highlighted by the superb performances of Gene Hackman as the Huskers' coach, and Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper as the alcoholic father of one of the team's key players. As the drama unfolds we come to realize that many of the characters (including Barbara Hershey as a schoolteacher with whom Hackman falls in love) are recovering from disappointing setbacks, and this depth of character is what makes the otherwise conventional basketball story so richly rewarding. Like Rocky, Rudy, and Breaking Away, this is a quintessentially American movie about beating the odds and rising above one's own limitations. Just try to watch it without cheering! --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • BACK HOME IN INDIANA
    HOOSIERS is one of the best sports movies made. Lovingly filmed by director David Anspaugh, the story follows a ragtag team of champion wannabes in 1951 Indiana. Gene Hackman delivers a solid, understated performance as the coach who uses strict disciplinary measures to whip his small team into shape, and try and win over the interfering townsfolk as well. The vastly underappreciated Barbara Hershey shines as the schoolmarm who doesn't have a great love for basketball, but who finds herself in the coach's corner. Dennis Hopper, in one of his best roles, deservedly received an Oscar nomination for supporting actor in his portrait of a former coach who is now the alcoholic father of one of Hackman's players. Hopper is brilliant in capturing the anguish and the insecurity as Hackman's "assistant." A cast of unknown youths are marvelous as the players and it is our empathy and compassion for these boys that makes HOOSIERS such a winning film. A fine score by Jerry Goldsmith adds more kudos for this remarkably entertaining film....more info
  • HOOP DREAMS...
    As I have a daughter who plays division one, women's college basketball, I confess to being a big fan of the game. I love hoop films, so I jumped at the opportunity to watch this one, having heard that it is a great film. Well for once, the word out on the street is on the money.

    This is a superlative film, beautifully directed by David Anspaugh, about a great basketball coach whose initial coaching career was derailed by his Achilles heel. It is a story about the effect that one can have on the lives of others. It is a story about being given a second chance. It is a story about hope. It is a story about redemption. It is a story about community. It is a story about overcoming all odds. Quite simply, it is a film that will not fail to capture the viewer, heart and soul.

    The setting for the film is the nineteen fifties and appears to be based upon a true story. Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) has a skeleton in his closet and is given a second chance at coaching. Buried deep in the cornfields of Indiana is the small town of Hickory, which has a very small high school with a basketball team called the Hickory Hucksters. Coach Dale takes this team and tries to ensure that the players are all grounded in the fundamentals of the game, as their idea of basketball had been just to point and shoot. He wants to make it a team of which all can be proud. His hardline approach meets some initial resistance that causes his best player to leave the team, but even he eventually returns to the fold. This is not, however, just a film about a basketball team's struggle to make it to the state championship.

    This being a small town, Coach Dale, as an outsider, runs into some small town politics that threaten to run him out of town. Cooler heads prevail, and he is given his chance to be all he can be. While what he does with the team is remarkable, it is his interaction with others in the town that is even more so. He begins a relationship with the high school's assistant principal, Myra Fleener (Barbara Hershey), and brings some passion into her otherwise lackluster existence. He takes Wilbur 'Shooter' Flatch (Dennis Hopper), the town drunk and estranged father to one of the team's key players, under his wing and gives him a new lease on life. Along the way, Coach Dale even manages to give the town a basketball team of which it can be proud. He and the team put the town on the map. How they do it is the crux of the movie.

    Gene Hackman is simply sensational as the coach, a man who wants his life back and is given a second chance to grab for the brass ring. He infuses his character with a toughness and, simultaneously, a tenderness that makes him three dimensional. Dennis Hopper gives a truly remarkable performance as the drunk who finds his way out of the bottle long enough to take stock of himself. When Coach Hackman, seeing that he has a lot of knowledge of basketball, extends him a helping hand and affords him an opportunity to regain his self-respect and repair his relationship with his son, he responds in a way he had never thought possible. Hopper gives a performance of a lifetime, infusing his character with just the right amount of pathos, vulnerability, and hope. His is truly a bravura performance. Barbara Hershey, as always, gives an excellent performance, impressing upon the viewer the internal conflicts with which her character is struggling. The rest of the supporting cast contribute with fine performances, as well.

    This is a great film on many levels and one that is well worth having in one's personal collection. Bravo!...more info

  • Hoosiers{Blu-Ray Version}
    GREAT SPORTS MOVIE! INSTEAD OF REVIEWING MOVIE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS A GREAT SPORTS MOVIE, JUST WANTED TO SAY THE BLU-RAY PICTURE IS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER MY OLD DVD. I'M ONLY REPLACING MY OLD MOVIES THAT I LOVE BUT LOOK BAD ON MY NEW HDTV. WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE PICTURE QUALITY ON THIS. THE ONLY DRAWBACK TO THIS BLU-RAY IS THERE AREN'T ANY EXTRAS EXCEPT FOR A TRAILER. BUT IF YOUR LOOKING FOR BETTER PICTURE QUALITY, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED....more info
  • One of the best
    This is a great movie for anyone who loves Basketball....more info
  • I love the movie, but Coach Dale was a fraud
    Let's be honest here, Hoosiers is the best basketball ever made. It is the sports movie by which all future sports movies are made. It's the classic tale of a small team overcoming great odds to win it all. What makes this story so compelling is that it's based upon a true story.

    The Hickory Hucksters are a 1950s high school basketball team of small-town, rural Indiana. They represent the entire town in the stereotypical story where the entire town shuts down on game night. Filmed in a perfect representation of midwestern America, the blue-collar innocence is beautiful.

    A new coach named Norm Dale (Hackman) was just hired to lead the town's boys to victory, but everyone doesn't agree with this methods. He's a mystery, and outsider, and he plans on teaching the boys the fundamentals of basketball, and this doesn't sit well with the town.

    Everyone knows the rest. The coach and team overcome great odds, Jimmy Chitwood helps to save coach Dale's job by swaying the town hall vote, Shooter (Dennis Hopper) is given a chance at redemption - to himself, his family, and his town - the team is embraced by the town, and Jimmy leads them to a state championship. It's an incredible tale with great action, compelling characters, and a happy ending. I have a problem, however, and it is with coach Dale.

    While he may look the part and sound the part, coach Dale is a horrible coach, and I'm not sure if he really understands basketball at all. His insistence on four passes is meant to teach a lesson on teamwork and running an offense, but that insistence also stifles creativity. It is not unbelievable to envision several opportunities in which the team would have passed up easy shots for a much more difficult opportunity.

    That's bad enough as a basketball strategy, and I'm quite sure the original Muncie team didn't follow that obtuse gameplan, but the most egregious problem with the movie is coach Dale's final choice during the state playoffs. At that point, Jimmy Chitwood was roughly 67 for 68 throughout the playoffs, missing MAYBE one shot. Why on earth would coach Dale attempt to set up Jimmy as a decoy when it's plainly obvious that Jimmy's the entire team and can't be stopped by anyone on the planet?! It's simply absurd.

    Don't get me wrong, the movie is awesome. It's one of my favorites, but the coaching is ridiculous....more info
  • the basketball movie of all basketball movies.
    This is a magical film from the start. Showing the state of Indiana in the first scene of the movie was cool. Gene Hackman was the best fit for the role as the coach. He likes discipline and is honest and knows how to show people how to do things. The movie has some of the most dramatic shots and the games that the Hoosiers played were exciting. This is based on a real story which just makes a person want to buy it or see it even more. There is one guy in this movie that is always drunk and is the father of one of the players on the team. Gene helps him a litttle and makes him assistant coach and then in one of the games he gets thrown out of the game for arguing. He does this so the drunk assistant can try to win the game by himself. What a great idea for a scene in the movie. The last game fininshes it off by one of the Hoosiers shooting the ball to win the game. It goes in at the buzzard with no seconds left and they win the championship in dramatic fashion. That was a huge shot. Being a fan of basketball and playing it I really got inspiration from it. It sure did take a while for it to come out with two discs. oh well it's here now. Buy it and you'll love it. God bless you and America.
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  • Hoosiers good movie but not enough.
    It's a good movie but a poor transfer to Bluray....more info
  • A wonderful film and a terrible DVD
    First things first - I absolutely love this movie!

    However, the DVD has lots to be desired (I have the one disc version, not the two disc special edition). It has almost no features - including not even having English subtitles! If ever a movie had potential for little vignettes it is this one!

    How about a little tribute to the real story that inspired it - the Milan miracle?

    How about some information about the basketball players that played in the movie yet lost their college scholarships because the NCAA ruled that they were now professionals since they had been paid to "play" basketball?

    How about some info about Indiana ending the class basketball system nearly 10 years ago (thus, no more Milan miracles). Don't worry - this is still a hot button issue in Indiana politics. Every campaign many a candidate for governor and the state legislature advocate proposals to eliminate the class basketball syestem (Keith Olbermann of MSNBC made fun of it once because it was even on one candidate's TV commercials but, dang it, to us Hoosiers this stuff is mighty important!)

    Maybe a special look at all of those little Indiana gyms that the movie features?

    Well, maybe they don't need any of those things (except the subtitles) since I still bought the DVD and I still watch breathlessly to make sure that the last shot goes in and the championship belongs to Hickory once again....more info
  • Boring and predictable movie where passion is lacking
    I found this movie utterly predictable and Dennis Hopper's performance as the town drunk only tolerable. Gene Hackman is the new high school basketball coach in basketball crazy Hickory, Indiana in 1951. He is a man with a past, although it is not as dark as it initially appears. Hopper plays Shooter, the town drunk whose son is on the seven man team. Despite his sodden brain, Shooter has a superb understanding of the game and Hackman selects him to be his assistant coach. You know immediately that Shooter is going to sober up and become a real coach. The scenes where Hackman is thrown out of the game and Shooter must take over are forced and unrealistic; Hopper is unconvincing as a person stressed out over the combination of alcohol withdrawal and having to take charge.
    Even the scene when Hackman is attending a town meeting where the purpose is to decide whether he should be fired lacks a great deal of tension. It is not out of the apparent politeness of the townspeople, there is a lack of passion among all participants. This is supposed to be a town passionate about basketball and a coach passionate about the game.
    I was bored throughout the entire movie and struggled to watch it through to the end.
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  • Hoosiers
    Deeply felt, tense and exciting on and off-court, this movie benefits from yet another bravura Hackman performance, as a man who must confront his demons and marshal his strengths to redeem himself. Another standout is Dennis Hopper in an Oscar-nominated turn as Shooter, a former player who loves the game, but who's also the town drunk, until Norman jolts him back to help the team. A feel-great movie for the whole family (though best for older children)....more info
  • Hoosier Hysteria
    I am from Indiana and knew the story of Milan High School before the movie Hoosiers was made. For me, the Milan-Muncie state championship game was priceless. The interviews added to the enjoyment of the movie. ...more info
  • Great Sports Entertainment!
    Based on a true high school basketball Cinderella story that occurred in 1954 in Indiana, Hoosiers is a must- see film about a team of young men who are forced to adjust to a brand- new coach (played by Gene Hackman) who has been hired to lead the team following his own banishment from college basketball for physically hitting one of his players. The movie, set in rural Indiana in the early 1950's, starts out simply enough, with scenes of open fields and of Hackman driving into the small town and heading to the high school to meet with the principle and find out more about his new job.

    The plot of this film takes a few twists, but remains focused mostly on basketball. Hackman angers the basketball- crazy citizens of the town when he pulls some unusual coaching moves and loses the first two games of the season. He also raises some eyebrows when he hires the town drunk (played impeccably by Dennis Hopper, who received an Oscar nomination for his effort) as his assistant coach. Hackman makes this move to help Hopper gain confidence and get a new lease on life, but the locals think Hackman is too unorthodox for their tastes and they hold a town meeting to decide on whether or not to fire him from the job. Hackman survives and ultimately takes his team to the state finals and the championship game.

    Hoosiers features some great music and a heartwarming story line that will keep viewers rooting for the underdog team, Hackman's Hickory Hucksters, all the way to the end of the film. The movie works on just about every level, with great drama and chemistry between the characters. And the scenes on the basketball court keep the action moving at a fast pace, with an excellent score (Hoosiers was nominated for the Oscar for best music) that keeps you in suspense, even though you already know the outcome of the movie.

    The only thing I didn't care for in this movie was the love interest that develops between Hackman and one of the other co- stars, Barbara Hershey. It really doesn't have anything to do with the plot of the movie. I think the director included this to show some character development on the part of Hershey- a woman who is very skeptical and even a little insulting toward Hackman when he arrives at the school at the start of the movie. But the main theme of the film is basketball, and I think it would have been best if this "love" scene had been eliminated.

    As far as sports movies go, Hoosiers ranks among my favorites of all- time. I have viewed this movie dozens of times and it still never fails to satisfy. It's an excellent representation of the American dream: Hackman getting a new start in life and success following his ban from college coaching; Hopper getting a second chance in life to beat his problem with alcoholism; and the underdog Hickory Hucksters basketball team getting the chance of a lifetime to beat a much larger school. Hoosiers is one of those rare treats in modern cinema that works at most every level and holds your interest throughout, even when you know very well what is going to happen. It's great sports entertainment, and a must- see motion picture for fans of the game of basketball....more info

  • THE KING OF ALL SPORTS MOVIES
    The film is not really based on the story of the 1954 Indiana state champions, Milan High School (pronounced /maln/ MY-lun), but the term "inspired by a true story" may be more appropriate as there is little in the movie that coincides at all with Milan's 1953-54 season other than that both were small schools that won the State Championship in the 1950s. The winning shot in the movie was based on Bobby Plump's last second shot to win the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship. In most US states, high school athletic teams are divided into different classes, usually based on the number of enrolled students, with separate state championship tournaments held for each classification. At the time, Indiana conducted a single state basketball championship for all of its high schools, and continued to do so until 1997.

    Some elements of the film do match closely with those of Milan's real story. Like the movie's Hickory High School, Milan was a very small high school in a rural, southern Indiana town. Both schools had undersized teams. Both Hickory and Milan won the state finals by two points: Hickory won 42-40, and Milan won 32-30. The final seconds of the Hoosiers state final hold fairly closely to the details of Milan's 1954 final; the final shot in the movie was taken from virtually the same spot on the floor as Bobby Plump's actual game-winner. The movie's final game was even shot in the same building that hosted the 1954 Indiana final, Butler University's Hinkle Fieldhouse (called Butler Fieldhouse in 1954) in Indianapolis.

    The rosters
    In the movie, Hickory begins its season without tryouts, Drew Igel wins the position over most of the other players. as only seven players are even concerned with playing basketball for Hickory. Two players quit the team on the first day of practice, though one returns the next day and the other also returns to the team later into the season. Jimmy Chitwood is also added halfway through the season, bringing its roster to seven plus Ollie, the manager, who sees some time on account of injuries. At Milan, 58 of the 73 boys enrolled at the school tried out for the team, and had a roster consisting of 10 players.
    Coaching controversy?
    The controversy surrounding the coach and his methods, an important element of the movie's story, was completely absent in Milan -- at least by 1954. Milan had fired its previous coach, Herman "Snort" Grinstead, after the 1951-52 season for ordering new uniforms against the superintendent's orders. Years later, Plump would tell an ESPN interviewer that Grinstead had been "the most popular coach in Milan's history." While Grinstead's successor, Marvin Wood, would initially make some waves in Milan, he was never the target of a town meeting to have him fired (unlike the movie). In his first season as coach in 1952-53, he would lead Milan to the state semifinals, defusing any remaining criticism.
    Town drunk
    The town drunk character in the movie, Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch, is the father of one of the members of the team, and becomes one of the assistant coaches. He has no Milan counterpart.
    The previous coach
    In the movie, Hickory's best player initially refuses to play, devastated by the sudden death of his previous coach. This has no parallel in the Milan story; as noted above, Milan's previous coach had been fired two years before their championship.
    The manager
    Hickory's manager, Ollie MacFarlane, plays in one game when the Huskers have no other players left, and sinks two free throws to win a key game. Milan had a manager with a similar name, Oliver Jones, but he never played.
    The school song
    The school song played twice in the Hickory/Linton game is not Milan's, but Manchester High School's located in North Manchester, Indiana. Filmakers wanted to use it because it was one of the few only original school songs in Indiana. The song was composed by former Manchester High School band and Manchester Civic Band director Harold Leckrone.[4]
    Underdog status
    Hickory is depicted as a massive underdog throughout the movie. Milan entered the 1953-54 season as one of the favorites to win the state title, as it returned four starters from the state semifinalists of 1952-53.
    Close tournament finishes
    In the movie, Hickory wins each of its tournament games by two points or less. In 1954, Milan won seven of its eight tournament games leading up to the final by double-digit margins, and the other by 8 points.
    Head coaches
    Wood, who died of bone cancer in 1999, could hardly have been more different from Hickory coach Norman Dale (the Gene Hackman character). Dale is a middle-aged former college coach with a shady past and a volatile temper, and had a romantic relationship with a fellow Hickory teacher. Wood was only 26, and married with two children, when Milan won the state title, and had coached the Indians to the 1953 state semifinals. By almost all reports, Wood was a soft-spoken man of high integrity who often practiced alongside his players.
    The championship game opponent
    In the state championship scene, the movie portrays South Bend Central (chosen presumably because Milan had lost to South Bend Central in the 1953 state semifinals) as a predominantly black team. The real team was from Muncie Central High School, which had a predominantly white team with three black members. The movie probably borrowed from the actual history of the 1954 semistate final (state quarterfinals), in which Milan defeated the segregated Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, led by all-time great Oscar Robertson, then a sophomore. In the movie, the South Bend Central coach is played by Ray Crowe, who coached Crispus Attucks in 1954 and would, the next year, lead the team to become the first all-black team in the United States to win a state championship playing against schools with white players. The Attucks team, with Crowe as coach and Robertson as floor leader, would repeat as state champions in 1956, becoming the first undefeated team in Indiana high school history. ...more info
  • Living It
    I grew up in Indiana and am well-acquainted with the true story behind the 1954 State Championship from Milan. I've actually met a couple of the players from that team, one of whom plays a referee in the final game of this film.

    The image that forever stays with me from this movie is that of Ollie, the unlikely hero being carried off the floor by his teammates, his fists pumping the air. To me there is no better image in the entire film than that. It epitomizes the message behind this movie and others like Rudy and Breaking Away, both of which, coincidentally, take place in Indiana and, like Hoosiers, are based on true stories. The message is that you can reach the unreachable.

    How's that for sentimentality? Some have complained that the film is too sentimental, but in basketball-crazy Indiana, home to six of the ten biggest high school gyms in the nation (ours seated 8,200), the story behind Hoosiers was legendary. And that, naturally, is a big reason why this movie inspires me. Oh, yeah, and Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper do a good job.

    My only disappointment is that there are no notable features on the DVD. Of course, it was made in 1986, before a director had to consider how to make a movie and a movie about the movie....more info

  • One Of The Ten Best Films of All Time...
    There can be no doubt that this is one of the finest, well-made, and produced movies that Hollywood has ever released. The casting is perfect and the direction flawless.

    "Hoosiers" is set in a town in Indiana which is famous for its love of basketball. Gene Hackman plays coach Norman Dale who comes to Hickory, Indiana to get a struggling high school team back on its feet. He is met with anger and suspicion on the part of the townspeople and apathy and suspicion on that part of the players.

    What ensues is a lesson in character and fortitude that extends its reach far beyond the game of basketball. Dennis Hopper plays the father of one of the team members who has seen far better days. As a bitter, unrepentent alcoholic, he proceeds to make things harder for his son and the team. Barbara Hershey plays a sarcastic high school principal who resents not only the new coach, but the sport and the town. But as the movie progresses, we see a metamorphosis on the part of all as lives begin changing around the game of basketball.

    You can look at this movie as being about basketball. And it obviously is. However, it transcends that and, to me, is a story of redemption, and triumph. In fact, it might take two viewings to really get the subtle nuances this movie delivers.

    Set against the backdrop of Indiana scenery, and filmed beautifully, you will find yourself getting caught up in the magic of this story. The soundtrack is beautiful as well. This is one of those movies that delivers a special gift. I wish I could give it ten stars....more info
  • One of the best ever, along with being the best sports movie
    You can take all the glitz and glamour that you want. Hollywood can take 100s of millions of dollars, to load a film with special effects and digital characters, yet they can never buy the heart of this little story about a high school basketball team.

    Even the most hardened of cynics will find themselves pulling for the Hickory Huskers by the end of the film. Sure the movie is sappy. Sure you will notice that the Huskers' best player misses a shot maybe three times in the entire film, but by the end of the film you won't even care.

    Some movies seem to have the ability to become transcendant above the subject that they are attempting to address. When you are done watching this film, you will remember Gene Hackman's amazing performance, playing every bit the coach, you will remember the stirring story of a father restoring a relationship with an estranged son, but so much more than that, you will remember the heartstrings that this film seems to pluck at whenever it chooses.

    If you have seen this movie, there is no need to explain it. If you haven't, pick it up right now. You will find that once you have see it and own it, Hoosiers will become one of the most often played movies in your collection....more info

  • Last Chance at Redemption
    Hoosier is a great sports movie and great storytelling. Shot in 1986 as a early 50s period piece, it will remain timeless. Hoosiers is the standard underdog sports movie, but a carefully crafted script with complex characters, great acting, and a superb music score lift it far above most of the other films in the genre.

    Hoosiers is also the story of two men's struggle for redemption. A mature aspect of the script is that Coach Dale is not portrayed as wrongly accused or even justified in his prior actions. He really did do something dreadful as a coach a decade previously and he continues to struggle against the same impulses that threaten to destroy his life. This makes him sympathetic to one of the player's father who is wrecking all the lives around him with a different self-destructive compulsion.

    Beyond a wonderful small town story of victory against all odds, Jerry Goldsmith wrote an outstanding uplifting musical score. Goldsmith was nominated for an academy award, but didn't win. I haven't looked up what beat him out, but I suspect the Academy made a mistake.

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  • Hoosiers
    I had not seen this movie, but I was so glad that I bought it. It was wonderful!!!!!...more info
  • America Needs This Film
    HOOSIERS is one of a handful of movies that make a statement about who we are and what makes our country great. Hoosiers characters are a collection of beaten down and worn out souls who have been dealt a lifetime of seemingly hopelessness and mediocrity. Individually they will remain destined to this fate for eternity. As a group they can rise beyond all hope and make a statement from which their lives will become enriched from what they are able to accomplish given that initial spark and making the commitment to give it their all. Composer Jerry Goldsmith must have seen greatness at the core of this film because he gave us one of the most inspiring scores ever composed for a film. All the actors give us so much more than we have ever seen as well. Each one contributed their best piece to the pie and that is what our country is truly all about.
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  • Classic!
    This is a must-have DVD for the sports enthusiast! Superb!...more info
  • THIS IS A GREAT SPORTS MOVIE!.....AND I DON'T EVEN LIKE BASKETBALL!
    This is such an inspirational and heart felt film! It is a great sports movie, but so much more. Gene Hackman plays a man hired to coach high school basketball in the small town of Hickory who is dealing with his past mistakes and Dennis Hopper in one of his best character roles plays an alcoholic basketball nut who is dealing with demons of his own. I do not like basketball,but I had no probelm liking this film as it had so many layers to keep me interested. The 2 disc set is very nice with an excellent transfer and interesting extras. ...more info
  • Magical
    From the opening scenes of this film--majestic shots of a car traveling the rural midwest on a crisp autumn morning--HOOSIERS serves notice to the viewer that he or she is in for a wonderful movie experience. Set in a tiny Indiana town half a century ago, HOOSIERS captures the look and feel of rural Americana, of a hardworking people with a single commonality: their love for basketball. The pure innocence of this film, innocence long lost over the subsequent decades, is magical.

    Gene Hackman portrays Coach Norman Dale, an outsider who comes to basketball-crazy Hickory, Indiana, to coach the high school team. Haunted by mistakes made in his past, Dale is eager for the second chance he has been given. Immediately, his no-nonsense, stress-the-fundamentals coaching philosophy puts him at odds with the town, yet Dale refuses to compromise his principles. He survives--barely--a petition for his ouster, and the rest of the movie warmly portrays the town of Hickory and its high school basketball team coming together, a team that makes a magical run through the Indiana State Tournament.

    Barbara Hershey as Myra Fleener, Hickory's assistant principal, and Sheb Wooley as superintendent/principal Cletus--the man who hires Dale--are solid. Yet Dennis Hopper gives the best performance as Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch. Shooter, a former great player himself and father of one of the boys on Coach Dale's team, is the town drunk; despite his alcoholism, his knowledge of the game is immense, and Dale enlists his aid. The reformation of this character--the feeling and depth that Hopper gives this role--is exceptional.

    Director David Anspaugh gives us a sensational "feel good" movie, augmented by Jerry Goldsmith's powerful musical score. HOOSIERS tells a beautiful story, so magical in its depiction you'll be cheering from your chair. Highly recommended....more info

  • Morally Solid Movie
    This movie is a great sports movie, hands down. But importantly, it also demonstrates solid character throughout. I love how the coach helps everybody out, no matter how unpopular or ostracized they are--he wasn't ashamed of the poor drunk fellow, or of his smalltown team. He wasn't going to bow to the pressure of the influential, the popular, or whoever--no matter what, he helped the people that needed to be helped. Admirable....more info
  • Great Basketball "Good Guy" Wins Movie
    This is a movie I saw many years ago advertised on television but its release in Australia was limited. It isn't available in any format, so it has been excellent to be able to get it on DVD from the USA. A great movie with Hackman in particular playing a great part where despite the odds, the good guy wins. Suitable for any age, with special meaning for basketball fans. Some good action shots, but the story (based on fact) is what really gets you. The only minor downside is that there are no "special" features on the DVD, but it came from an era when that was not the norm....more info
  • The Backbone of America
    I am not a basketball fan. I don't even like the game. What attracted me to this movie was the poster showing a pair of 1950s-looking basketball sneakers in the foreground with an open field of heartland America in the background. I finally got to see HOOSIERS on video and I am sure glad that I did. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's hard to describe but this movie is what America is all about. Great performances, photography and a brilliantly emotionally charged score composed by Jerry Goldsmith contribute to the success of this film. One critic called it `a-stand-up-and-cheer-movie' and that is exactly what it is. When the opening credits played I just knew this was going to be a great film. Jerry Goldsmith's music behind the credits showing Gene Hackman traveling across the back roads of mid America is pure Americana. And the final shot of the team photograph on the wall of the empty and silent gymnasium with Hackman's echoing words put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I suppose there is something endearing to me about our land and the chance for the seemingly unimportant individual to stand together with others against insurmountable odds and accomplish a noble feat or aspiration in one fleeting moment of glory. That is the greatness to be found in the collective spirit of our nation. Whenever you feel down and out try playing this movie. Watch it and you may come away that much richer in spirit....more info
  • Good basketball movie
    This is a good basketball movie and if you are a basketball fan, you definitely should see it. Also, it is a good movie to show teams. It shows team unity and the results that can happen when you trust your team and coach. Even if you are not a basketball fan and just like good movies, this is a good movie to watch. For example, it also shows an alcoholic father rebuild his relationship with his son by getting treatment....more info
  • Come on Hickory Huskers Team!
    This film is a winner. David Anspaugh made the best film of basket in all the story of the american cinema.
    A script extremely simple but fullfilled with conviction, well written with unforgettable shots in the battle field.
    Gene Haxkman gives one of his most famous performances as the chief of the team. Dennis Hopper shows us why he was nominated in 1986 for this role as supporting actor. His performance is extraordinary. Hershey as always makes the perfect balance for Hackman showing his inner interpretative force.
    This film has been choosen as one of the classical film for management approachs ; togeteher with Tunes of glory, Moby Dick , The bridge over Kwai river and Lawrence of Arabia.
    So watch this; the film is much more than a famous fact in Indiana in 1952. It's a life lesson; the metaphor of David and Goliat is underlined.
    If you think carefully , this film is very close in what its epic actitude concerns with Seabiscuit, that pearl of David Ross , nominated recently as best movie by the Academy.
    Watch this movie and let this item be part of your DVD collection....more info
  • Team Spirit
    All professional athletes and coaches should have to watch this movie. It is about the triumph of a team that works together exhaustively to achieve an unachieveable goal. Gene Hackman soars in his most likeable role. Dennis Hopper is nothing short of miraculous in his supporting role, as the alcoholic father of one of the players who moonlights as the towns basketball history nerd. Barbara Hershey is quietly effective as the coach's love interest and the whole cast functions as a complete unit, much like the team does.
    In case you have not seen it, this movie is the story of a basketball team that against all odds bands together to shock the Indiana basketball world. And more than that it is about second chances. Coach Norman Dale gets a second chance at coaching after an incident. Shooter (Hopper) gets a second chance with his son when he quits drinking, and the town gets a second chance at glory through the success of its basketball team.
    Even though this is a baskeball movie, it is largely character driven. You care about the characters, and not just the results of the games, which is what makes this gem stay with you long after the buzzer sounds....more info
  • Hoosiers 2 disc
    The dvd came quickly, in time for a special Father's Day gift, packaged safely....more info
  • This movie was BETTER than 5-stars.........
    One of my all time favorite films, and the one that got me into LOVING Gene Hackman. And excellent adventure of an ex College basketball coach filling in the shoes of a small town high school basketball coach. With simply amazing acting from Hackman, who made this role into his own.

    Based on a true story, this movie attemps to make us believe in a group of young men just trying to make something of themselves, and a coach with a last chance to succeed.

    Hackman carries the movie, with help from an excellent Supporting Cast. Barbara Hershey plays the lonely teacher who finds a place in the heart of the coach. Beautifully played by both actors.

    I would recommend this movie to any Hackman fans, or basketball fans. A touching film that doesn't dissapoint....more info

  • Outstanding
    This movie is set in Indiania in the 1950s, where basketball is king of everything (somethings have not changed). An unknown coach comes to town to take over the failing team and everyone soon realizes that he is a force to be reckoned with. while combating his own team (initially) and the townsfolks (initially) he lays down the law, my way or the highway and builds the team into an outstanding group of players and young men. In the face of much adversity the coach keeps pushing, even to the point of employing a drunken town joke as an assistant.

    Gene Hackman shines as the new coach and Dennis Hopper does a great job as the formally drunken assistant coach. The movie is about reaching your dreams, about having morals, a strong constitution, working together, personal transitions, family, friends and community.

    It's an outstanding movie that should be required viewing for everyone, even if you don't like basketball or sports....more info

  • Excellent
    First on the DVD... The score sounded magnificent. The sound in 5.1 is well distributed and rounded. It sounds clear and awesome. The image is just as good. Bright and vivid colors, makes the movie look a lot less older than it is. The extras are all right including the Indiana State Championship game of 1953 (might be 52? don't remember).
    On the movie... Well this is one of the best sport movies ever is just perfect. Hackman delivers a perfect performance, truly belivable, as well as most of the cast. The movie is based on a true story wich makes it twice as good.
    A very good movie to remeber the importance of discipline and how team work can make ordinary people have extraordinary results. Something we have been missing in pro-athletes this days......more info
  • Impossible not to like
    Unless you hate basketball, teenagers, Gene Hackman, or Indiana, it's impossible not to fall for this movie. It's one of the best feel-good movies ever made. We've got David vs. Goliath (the winning school only has about 65 kids in it); loyalty galore, especially with the star player refusing to play at first out of mistaken respect for the dead coach who preceded Hackman; an almost reformed alcoholic in Dennis Hopper with great basketball brains despite the fatal flaw; a little romance with Hackman and another teacher; and mystery (Hackman has a clouded past). What more could you want? The picture plays to our simplest emotions, and when it's over we cheer like crazy. Who cares if we've been had....more info
  • Crippled by the music
    I recently watched Hoosiers for the first time, which is somewhat surprising since I'm such a big Gene Hackman fan. Unfortunately, even the venerable Mr. Hackman was no match for the colossal awfulness of Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for this movie. What the hell were the producers thinking? Nearly every scene is musically manhandled, telegraphing to audience which of two things they should be feeling: maudlin sentimentality or triumphantly "goin' places!". The insufferable bombast of 1980's over-production that begat John Tesh, in particular the gallons of gated reverb assigned to the synthetic drums (this is supposed to be 1952, for crying out loud) ultimately sank this movie for me. Hackman and Hopper both turn in solid performances and the supporting cast is decent, but along with a few inexplicable story turns (we never have the slightest clue why the bitchy character played by Barbara Hershey falls in love with Hackman's Norman Dale, for instance), the dreadful score drops what could have been a four-star movie to a two. I can only assume that tacking a "modern" (at the time) soundtrack onto an otherwise fairly likeable period piece was contrived to drive movie-goers into the cineplex.
    In hindsight the overall effect is regretably and awesomely awful....more info
  • The Ultimate Underdog
    "Hoosiers" is an excellent movie based, as they say, on a true story. I believe it was the small Indiana community of Milan that beat the big schools to win the Indiana state basketball championship back in the 1950's. No doubt, they're still talking about that today back in the Hoosier State. Someone got the excellent idea to make a movie about it and decided to take the time and do it right. Doing it right meant getting an outstanding screenplay, excellent direction, terrific acting, as well as top-notch film editing.

    The movie could have been just a nice, feel-good movie that rah-rahhed its' way from start to finish. It avoided that by creating conflict, uncertainty, and personal shortcomings in its' main characters. We are never quite certain what will develop with the different relationships. About the only character stereotype is the collective character of the know-it-all townsfolk who want to fire the coach for not doing things "their way". There are times when this delving into character development comes close to losing the viewer. The character, for example, played by Dennis Hopper, seems out of place at times. Many of us never quite get used to what his role actually is. However, Hopper gives an excellent performance and probably helps to keep us just confused enough so as not to know what comes next. That's good because even the person who saw the movie without hearing how it turned out could probably guess that we weren't going through all of this just to see our team lose at the buzzer. The thrill of victory is there but it is balanced with an appealing sense of comaradarie that assures us that this team would have lost with class had that been its' fate.

    It was just a year or so ago that the State of Indiana dropped its' one tier level of play in the state basketball tournament. No more Milans, no more "Hoosiers", and probably a lot more opportunity for the little schools to bring home a state championship. The one in a million long shot is exciting but it's only this exciting because the odds really are for real. "Hoosiers" lets us feel the joy a whole state felt some 50 years ago. It's not a manufactured feeling in "Hoosiers"; the movie's greatest is that it lets us feel the real thing....more info
  • The standard all basketball movies are measured by
    Hoosiers is, in my opinion, quite possibly the best sports-themed movie of all-time. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper give great performances as a coach down to his last chance and an alcoholic looking for something to turn his life around respectively. The movie does include a lot of the tired cliches we've come to expect from sports movies (ie. the last second shot at the end of the big game, the bench player with a chance to be the hero, the players not understanding their coach, but slowly coming around, etc.). What's amazing though is even if you do know how the movie's going to end, you can't help but get caught up in the magical trip of the basketball team from the small little high school of Hickory. It's amazing how many coaches in all sports show this movie to their teams in order to get them pumped up for a big game. If you're a fan of basketball, sports movies, or just good movies in general, you owe it to yourself to check out "Hoosiers."...more info
  • Greatest Basketball Movie of All Time
    I grew up a couple of towns over from Milan, IN, on which this movie is based. We played them every year, and believe it or not the movie is very accurate in portraying the town life and Indiana's love of basketball. ...more info
  • Good but not wonderful
    I enjoyed this movie, but it appeared to show it's age. On the same genre, I prefer "Miracle" or "Rudy". ...more info
  • Underachieving film about overachievers
    This film starts out promisingly with some beautiful photography showing Indiana in the fall. It soon bogs down to repetitious basketball footage and cliche characters going about their wretched lives pointlessly. If you like shots of basketballs bouncing off of backboards, this film might be entertaining. To me, it was like being hit in the face continually with a basketball for the better part of two hours.

    Oh well, it beats watching the NBA....more info

  • Jimmy grew up to be Larry Bird
    The reason that this movie appealed to a broader base audience is because it is about more than just putting the ball in the hoop. It brings to life the humanities and shows how important sports is philosophically and societally. It teaches discipline and sacrifice and brings out the best and the worst in players and spectators alike. I was raised in Anderson, IN and believe me when I tell you that this movie accurately captures the mania of small town ball that still exists. Back then, when they were the only game in town, teams like this were a community obsession. James Dean played on a Championship Team much like the one depicted in this movie....more info
  • Hoosier Hysteria
    Unless you grew up in Indiana and experienced "Hoosier Hysteria" first hand, you can never understand this movie completely. For the longest time, the state of Indiana had one big state high school basketball tournament. Every high school that had a boys varsity basketball team was automatically in the tournament, you did not have to qualify. It was much like March Madness in the sense that you would have very small schools (much like Hickory in the movie) knocking off the bigger schools in the state and making their season right then and there. It didn't matter if they went on to win the state tournament, it was the magic of the David vs. Goliath type game where the little guy prevailed.

    About 8-10 years ago the smaller schools in the state decided they wanted their own tournament, reducing the state to "class basketball" based on the size of the school. 4A being the largest and 1A being the smallest, there is now 4 state champions rather than one. Therefore, we will never get the chance to experience the "Milan Miracle" for which the movie 'Hoosiers' is based on ever again.

    Thanks a lot to the little guys who just could not stand the fact that the bigger schools won most of the time, but every now and then that one Hickory Huskers type team came along and pulled the upset, Cinderella story, etc.............more info
  • 50 Years Later...and Still a Great Story
    How true-to-life is this immensely popular film? In an article written for ESPN Page 2, Jeff Merron notes a number of differences between the "real" story about a small Indiana high school which wins the state championship and the "reel" story which appears in the film directed by David Anspaugh, with Gene Hackman starring in a script written by Alvin Sargent. (The entire article can be accessed by visiting http://espn.go.com/page2/s/closer/020327.html.) The significant differences noted by Merron include these:

    "In real life, Milan High School didn't come out of nowhere. The Indians had made the state semifinals the previous season. In reel life: The team that wins the championship is Hickory High. In real life: The team that won the championship is Milan High. There is no town of Hickory in Indiana. In reel life: Hickory wins the title in 1952. In real life: Milan won the title in 1954. In reel life: The previous coach dies, which is a crucial part of the plot -- the team's star player, Jimmy, doesn't play part of the season because he's so upset. In real life: The previous coach, Herman "Snort" Grinstead, who Bobby Plump (the real-life hero) said in an ESPN chat was "the most popular coach in Milan's history," was fired for ordering new uniforms against the superintendent's orders.

    "In reel life: Coach Dale alienates just about everyone with his independence, and there is a town referendum on whether the school should keep Dale on as coach. In real life: Marvin Wood did face an uphill struggle, because he replaced Snort and changed both his offense and defense. But by the time the Milan Indians were playing their championship season, he had won the town over. In reel life: The assistant coach, "Shooter," (played by Dennis Hopper in an Oscar-nomination performance), is the town drunk and the father of one of the players. In real life: There was no assistant coach."

    These may be among the most significant differences between "real" and "reel" but invariably, certain liberties must be taken with historical material to increase and enhance the dramatic impact of a film based on (but not limited to) that material. In this instance, Anspaugh, screenwriters Pizzo and Sargent, Hackman, and their associates have a story to tell and they tell it very, very well. As always, Hackman is first-rate, as are Barbara Hershey in her role as the obligatory love interest (Myra Fleener) and Hopper as Shooter, a name so appropriate to the character that nothing more need be said. Yes, this is a "feel good" film among several (e.g. Rudy on which Anspaugh and Pizzo also collaborated later) which have been immensely popular. However, the film has crisp direction, an excellent cast, and a story line close enough to what really did happen in 1954. FYI, here are a few brief passages from the official Web site of Milan, Indiana:

    "Milan, Indiana, a quiet rural town in the southeastern part of the state, was the scene of one of the greatest basketball stories in history.?The rise of the 1954 Milan basketball team actually started the preceding year.?In 1953, the team went all the way to the final four only to be beaten in the semi-finals.?Then the 1954 season arrived.

    "In a high school of 162 total students, 73 were boys.?? A young Marvin Wood was returning for his second year as coach, along with Marc Combs and Clarence Kelly.?? The core of the 1953 team also returned.?? From this came the David vs. Goliath championship story.??

    "Although their accomplishments seem to have grown to almost mythical proportions as the story of the greatest underdog in sports' history throughout the years, there was a real team who lived a dream that came to life. Under the leadership of twenty-six year old coach Marvin Wood, the Indians began their rise to the top of the 751 teams entered in that year's tournament, with a record of 19-2. The mighty men of Milan then cruised through the state tournament relatively untested, until the final game against Muncie Central. The Indians were paced in scoring throughout the game by senior Ray Craft. However, Coach Wood's delay tactic game plan would place the ball in the trusty hands of another senior, Bobby Plump.

    "Bobby Gene Plump, who at-the-buzzer hit the shot that gave tiny Milan High School the 1954 state basketball championship over the Muncie Central Bearcats. Called `the most famous shot in Indiana hoops history,' the real-life event became the basis for the fictionalized movie, Hoosiers.? Milan beat Giant Muncie Central 32-30 in the final seconds of the game."

    Although Hoosiers may differ somewhat from what really happened in 1954, so what? Both the film's story and the Milan team's season affirm the same values which now seem so rare 50 years after Bobby Gene Plump's winning shot.

    Question: Why are no SPECIAL (rather than cheesy) Features provided with the DVD version? That is disgraceful!...more info

  • It was Dentyne
    Love this movie! I love the flavor of Indiana more than anything. Visited that state and the area they speak of many times in my youth. Great inspirational story. Just a quick note...a joke is lost in the subtitles mid-way through the semi-national game. After being fouled out of the game, Coach glares at his player, for which the subtitles read "It was for the team". The line is actually "it was Dentyne", throwing back a joke Coach said in an earlier huddle. Being deaf helps with these things! Amazing movie still....more info
  • Earns the Title of Classic
    This movie defines the genre. There are no cliches in it; it created the cliches that lesser filmmakers use now when they make sports movies. This movie gets you jumping up off your seat at the end every time you watch it. You want this little David team to beat the big, bad Goliaths so bad you can feel it. This movie is not just about a little team that beats a big one; it works because it humanizes each player on the "little" team, and so we cheer when each one rises to the occasion to overcome his particular short-coming: the shorty, the preacher's son, the son of the drunk, the doubting Thomas. Hooray! Hooray! Let's watch it again!...more info
  • I Loved this one
    Well, I loved this movie! Small-town team in Indiana goes and wins the high school championship against a bigger, better team. But the real thing I loved about this movie was Gene Hackman's acting, the way he pushed his team, the way he drove his team to victory, and the way he helped that drunken man. If you liked this you may also like Remember The Titans, The Rookie, Miracle, and Friday Night Lights.
    Thank you!...more info
  • Heartwarming Story from the Heartland
    "Hoosiers" is a heartwarming, inspirational film based on the true story of an Indiana high school basketball team that made it all the way to the state finals.

    The scenery reminds me of home, seems like it could have been filmed opposite my front yard. The characters are great--Gene Hackman as the hard-headed, disciplined coach somewhat in the Bobby Knight mould. Dennis Hopper as the town drunk who gets a second chance at respect. (Since Hopper was a contemporary of James Dean, I've often wondered if Dean would have starred in this film had he lived). Barbara Hershey is great as the schoolteacher who gives Hackman the cold shoulder, while secretly admiring him inside and falling for him in the end. "Jimmy Chitwood" is superb as the laconic basketball prodigy.

    "Hoosiers" depicts small town life in Indiana pretty accurately. What most Indiana towns lack in cosmopolitanism they make up for in friendly, hard-working, faithful, decent folk. Except there's a part in the movie where Barbara Hershey says something like, "part of small town life is that folks' private affairs stay pretty much their own." She's obviously never lived in a small town!

    Basketball is like a religion in Indiana, so it's no wonder this story made it to the big screen. I think it's one of the best sports films of all time, along with "Breaking Away," another Indiana film that was filmed at Indiana University in Bloomington, down south, and "Rudy," about Notre Dame football.

    "Hoosiers" is a classically American tale; the humble underdog that triumphs through hard work and discipline. ...more info
  • One of the best films!
    Hoosiers is one of the best films every made, sports, drama, love story or whatever genre you want to categorize it under. This film is not just about basketball it offers so much more. It's about father and sons, mothers and daughters, second chances in life, overcoming adversity, forgiveness and a team who comes together to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a state championship. Gene Hackman is incredible as Coach Norman Dale and Dennis Hopper is genius as shooter. I don't know who won the best supporting actor award in 1986 but it must have been one of the all time great performances to beat out Dennis Hopper in his role as the town drunk and basketball guru.

    I know there are many people who don't like sports movies because they feel they are not realistic. Although this movie is based on a true story, for Hollywood sake they had to change numerous facts, but who cares. You can scrutinize almost every movie made and make claims that something in the film is not realistic. I never understood why sports films are held to this standard. The scene in the locker room prior to the State Championship is unforgettable and inspirational. I have seen this movie many times and I still enjoy it like I was watching the film for the first time. In fact every time I watch this film, I take something new from it that I can apply and use in everyday life. The score is second to none and from the opening scene of Coach Dale driving through the farmland of Indiana the music grabs hold of you and sets the tone for the rest of the film. I would recommend this film to all people and not just basketball fans. Don't let the critics convince you Hoosiers is just another sports movie because it really has a lot to offer.
    ...more info
  • HOOP DREAMS...
    As I have a daughter who played division one, women's college basketball, I confess to being a big fan of the game. I love hoop films, so I jumped at the opportunity to watch this one, having heard that it is a great film. Well for once, the word out on the street is on the money.

    This is a superlative film, beautifully directed by David Anspaugh, about a great basketball coach whose initial coaching career was derailed by his Achilles heel. It is a story about the effect that one can have on the lives of others. It is a story about being given a second chance. It is a story about hope. It is a story about redemption. It is a story about community. It is a story about overcoming all odds. Quite simply, it is a film that will not fail to capture the viewer, heart and soul.

    The setting for the film is the nineteen fifties and appears to be based upon a true story. Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) has a skeleton in his closet and is given a second chance at coaching. Buried deep in the cornfields of Indiana is the small town of Hickory, which has a very small high school with a basketball team called the Hickory Hucksters. Coach Dale takes this team and tries to ensure that the players are all grounded in the fundamentals of the game, as their idea of basketball had been just to point and shoot. He wants to make it a team of which all can be proud. His hardline approach meets some initial resistance that causes his best player to leave the team, but even he eventually returns to the fold. This is not, however, just a film about a basketball team's struggle to make it to the state championship.

    This being a small town, Coach Dale, as an outsider, runs into some small town politics that threaten to run him out of town. Cooler heads prevail, and he is given his chance to be all he can be. While what he does with the team is remarkable, it is his interaction with others in the town that is even more so. He begins a relationship with the high school's assistant principal, Myra Fleener (Barbara Hershey), and brings some passion into her otherwise lackluster existence. He takes Wilbur 'Shooter' Flatch (Dennis Hopper), the town drunk and estranged father to one of the team's key players, under his wing and gives him a new lease on life. Along the way, Coach Dale even manages to give the town a basketball team of which it can be proud. He and the team put the town on the map. How they do it is the crux of the movie.

    Gene Hackman is simply sensational as the coach, a man who wants his life back and is given a second chance to grab for the brass ring. He infuses his character with a toughness and, simultaneously, a tenderness that makes him three dimensional. Dennis Hopper gives a truly remarkable performance as the drunk who finds his way out of the bottle long enough to take stock of himself. When Coach Hackman, seeing that he has a lot of knowledge of basketball, extends him a helping hand and affords him an opportunity to regain his self-respect and repair his relationship with his son, he responds in a way he had never thought possible. Hopper gives a performance of a lifetime, infusing his character with just the right amount of pathos, vulnerability, and hope. His is truly a bravura performance. Barbara Hershey, as always, gives an excellent performance, impressing upon the viewer the internal conflicts with which her character is struggling. The rest of the supporting cast contribute with fine performances, as well. ...more info
  • a knock out basket ball movie
    Hoosiers is AWSOME 5 stars all the way Great movie. I personally
    am not a big fan of Basketball. But this is good....more info
  • One of the best sports movies out there...
    Hoosiers is the tale of disgraced college basketball coach Norman Dale (Hackman), as he leads a small town high school team in Indiana to glory, battling biased fans, drunk assistant coaches and the system along the way.
    This is a quality sports movie, which cannot be said about many, and with solid work from many smalltime actors is made into a memorable one. The small town story resembles that of Larry Bird's rise to fame as a Boston Celtic, and this is a movie you will want to watch many more times....more info
  • a great underdog story
    One of the better films of the late 1980's, Hoosiers is the story of a former college basketball coach looking for redemption from mistakes he has made. After 10 years in the Navy following a physical altercation with a player which removed him from all basketball in the state of New York, Gene Hackman counts himself lucky to find a job with an old friend as a high school basketball coach and history teacher. The town doesn't warm up to his training methods and belief in his players strict adherence to every word he says - and they even attempt to fire him. Only when the small town's star player threatens to sit it out for the season unless the coach stays does the town back down and let the new coach do things his way. And once the team starts listening, they start winning.

    An inspiring film about teamwork, optimism, and giving people a second chance, this is a movie the entire family will enjoy. Its on par with Robert Redford's "The Natural" and "Rudy" with Sean Astin. ...more info
  • One of the greatest movies you will ever see
    America is such an awesome place to live. One of the great things about America is the American Dream. Hoosiers is a masterpiece tale of an American Dream.

    In 1954 the Hickory Hoosiers pulled off basketball history. They went all the way from that little home town to win the state championship in one of the greatest basketball states in the union. No small school had ever one before and the Hoosiers changed that. This is there awesome tail in one of the most powerful movies you will ever see.

    Gene Hackman is great as Coach Dale. Hackman is one of the greatest living actors. He just becomes his charcters. When one of his charcters gets mad and he gets that tone in his voice I get goosebumps and just say wow. He's a powerful presence on screen. This is one of the greatest roles he ever played and I really thought he should have been Oscar nominated for it.

    Dennis Hopper is great as the town drunk. He was one of my favorite characters in the movie. As the boys are doing the unthinkable on the court he does the unthinkable with his life. He stops drinking and starts acting like a man.

    All the guys who played boys on the team were great. I liked the guy who played Jimmy a lot. High expectations were put on him with the film. He's believable as the country boy sharpshooter and he helps make the movie. I like the guy who plays Ollie. I have the VHS of Hoosiers and on the cover you see him on the shoulders of his teammates with his hands in the air. That's a beautiful scene. I also like the kid who played Hoopers son in the film. He does a good job with his character.

    Hoosiers is a powerful film. It's a great cast and the basketball is great in the film. It's one of the best movies you will ever see and this is a film that everybody should see. It's one everybody should own, and I've never met a person who didn't like it. I cried in the movie. It's that good and I'm not afraid to admit that. You won't regret buying this one....more info

  • One of the Best (Sports) Movies Ever!
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RE4QP7865FH67 'Hoosiers' is a super sports' tale
    About headstrong coach Norman Dale,

    Who Comes to Indiana's Hickory,
    A tiny town set on victory.

    Norman's way comes first and foremost.
    No wins for him to brag or to boast.

    Warming a cold shoulder from icy Myra Fleener.
    Chilly stares and curt comments couldn't be keener.

    Jimmy's the town basketball hero.
    Opting out brings success down to zero.

    With help from Shooter, the village drunk.
    The prospects get higher with every slam dunk.

    Jimmy's the hero in every way.
    Can he help Norman save the day?

    Watch 'Hoosiers' if you haven't seen.
    One of the greatest sports' movies there's ever been....more info
  • A Classic American Myth Comes to Life
    Hoosiers is not one of those movies you don't have to be ashamed to love. It is a great American film about the quintessential American myth- David vs. Goliath. While there is precious little historical evidence that the little guy rarely ever really wins in this nation in the real world, we would all like to believe that it is true. Right can stand up to might. Team play, selflessness, generosity and courage will carry the day. We all wish they would, but reality is they don't. Usually the Big is just way too Big, and the the regular guy is too caught up in making it from week to week to even care about the bigger picture, much less fight against it. Yet we all know that occasionally the improbable happens. A team of American kids wins Olympic Gold in Hockey while going up against the imperious Russian team along the way. A team of misfits stumble into a Superbowl win. A small town school can rise up and become the greatest power in Basketball in a Basketball crazed state such as Indiana. At least for one season, anyway. While the facts, the characters, the years and the reasons are all changed to protect the integrity of the Myth being told, the results are true. And when this movie finishes taking you on it's wonderful ride, you will be glad you watched this little gem. The film has a wonderful and nostalgic take on American small town life. This overall affection that the film makers have for their characters and the locale of the movie is then combined with an achingly beautiful color pallette, a real ear for the dialogue of the place and time, and a cast of America's finest actors and actresses. I believe that you will watch and treasure this movie many times over in the coming years, and you will never feel ashamed to admit that it is one of your favorite cinema pleasures. I don't....more info
  • Hoosiers is spectacular, motivational, and exciting
    After hearing and reading many good things about this movie, I decided that I had to watch it. Hoosiers was a wonderful movie that inspired me.

    Hoosiers is about a small town basketball high school team in Indiana. This basketball team just hired a new coach, and his name is Norman Dale. Dale had a troubled past, and his fiery temper was one factor that got him in serious trouble. He had punched a player of his. That was a long time ago, though, more than 10 years before he decided to take on this new job. He didn't coach basketball for many years, and he was doubted by the local community in the small Indiana town where he would coach.

    The coach quickly establishes himself as the boss of team, and his dogmatic attitude demands respect. He coaches his players hard, and he says "I don't make my practices for your enjoyment." He dismisses a rude player during the first practice (who was talking while he was) and tells the old coach that he's out. The old coach tells him that he hopes that Dale fails as a coach. In the first game of the season there are only 6 boys on the team. This first game provides a very memorable moment. One of the players doesn't listen to the coach and wants to shoot before passing. So the coach takes him out. Then another player gets injured, and the player who was out just walks back in. The coach tells him, "Where are you going?" The player is forced to sit back down, and the coach plays with only 4 guys on the court.

    This movie is an inspirational classic. When one former basketball sharp shooter doesn't want to play because his old coach died, Dale says he won't pursue him. This basketball player is the best one, and rarely misses his shots. He decides to come back though at a pivotal moment in the movie, when Dale's career is in jeopardy. After that, the team takes off. The rest of the movie show's how one team's heart and determination brought out the best of them. Hoosiers about an unlikely victory by a tiny school with an enrollment of less than 100 over a large high school with over 1500 students. It's an amazing story, and this sports movie is the greatest one I've ever. Hoosiers is a must-see classic for all basketball fans....more info

  • Hoosiers a real life story
    I lived in Milan,Indiana when this happened and if all that enjoyed the movie want the real story as told by Bobby Plump the hero just get the book "Bobby Plump Last of the small town heros" A wonderful film but a wonderful happening in real life..sort of the small guys winning over the big guys and who doesn't love that.....more info
  • A beautiful moment in time captured in a truly beautiful film
    I was born in Gary, Indiana in 1953, the year before tiny Milan High captured the Indiana State High School Basketball Championship. As most boys who grew up in Indiana, this Cinderella tale was a familiar one to me -- and the true story this film was based on.

    Last year, in preparation of attending the NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis with my 11-year-old daughter, I purchased this Collector's Edition DVD to share with her. Although today I live a world away in the heart of Silicon Valley, I will forever remember the part of my childhood that was Hoosier Hysteria.

    Of what it was like to play in the annual state tourney, when every school, no matter how big or small, was thrown together into the same fire and born again every March whether their regular-season record was 25-0 or 0-25. Single elimination, do or die, winner take all.

    The excitement and hype leading up to the opening games of the first-round Sectional ... of the pride and joy that engulfed the entire communities of the 64 winners who advanced to the Regional ... and then, for a god-like 16 teams, the Semistate ... and ultimately, the originally named Final Four. I can't begin to describe it for you, but this film comes close, really close.

    My daughter has played basketball since she was in the third grade, and competes today on a traveling AAU team. She is 10 times the player I ever was at her age, but it is impossible for her to imagine a world without women professional athletes, cell phones or the Internet. And whenever I would tell her about what basketball was -- and still is -- like in Indiana, she would roll her eyes.

    Fortunately, I had this film to show her. And a few months later, she experienced the real thing, making the pilgrimage with me down the two-lane backroad blacktops to Milan, where we met the caretaker of the 1954 Milan Museum, Roselyn McKittrick, and later that day, dined with Bobby Plump himself, known as Bobby Chitwood in the film.

    I have a photograph of my daughter wearing a red Hickory High -- the fictional school in the film representing Milan -- jersey, holding the ball that Bobby arched high into the Butler Fieldhouse sky that fine and glorious day more than 50 years ago and into history.

    This is a rare film in that it somehow captures that special time, that place, that joy. How and why does not matter, only that it does. The tears that falll whenever I watch it are proof enough of that.

    This Collector's Edition compliments the original release by including recent interviews with Bobby, the two writer-producers who (as did I) attended Indiana University in the early 1970s, some deleted scenes that shed new light on the storyline, even a glorious B&W archived copy of the 1954 state championship game in its entirety.

    A beautiful moment in time captured in a truly beautiful film.

    Or, as my daughter later remarked to me, "You know Dad, basketball really is different in Indiana."...more info
  • Oustanding film
    Hoosiers is the finest film about determination,loyalty and anything else ever done in film pertaining to sports. Hackman and the whole cast gives it heart and soul.This gem along with Redford's-The Natural will not be surpassed by the dreck that hollywood pumps out by the truck full nowdays.Two powerfull fims indeed,that the brain dead studio heads nowdays vision is stuck on bare breasts,bad plots, lots of loud sounds,slam bangs.Christ,Clint Eastwood seems to be the only one that can make a good film nowdays. ...more info
  • Reviewing the DVD MoreThan The Work...
    Since I am making an assumption that you have already seen the movie if you are going to purchase the DVD, I will only present a summary of the work itself, and focus the review more on the DVD edition.

    Before the glut of formulated sports movies, before they became so predictable, the remarkable movie "Hoosiers" premiered in 1986.Without question, this family friendly story of hope and redemption proved that a movie can have a happy ending and still contain a good story enshrouded in talent.

    For fans of the movie like me, the 20th anniversary DVD was a great buy. The DVD contains outtakes that tie loose pieces of the movie together, such as the strange number of players in the film, the volatility of Coach Dale is fully explored in the outtakes. There is a director's cut, which, among many other things, explains that the movie was filemd on a low budget with not so many perfect autumn days, etc...There is also full length footage of the actual team the story is based on, as well as a description of the real story of the team. It comes in a two disc set. I highly recommend buying it.
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  • Great Movie
    I have enjoyed this film in 1986 and always remember it like one of the best movies of all times. You must have see it!...more info
  • The king of all sports movies...
    I often lament about the fact that sports movies in general are repetitive and clich¨¦d and that there are rarely any truly inspirational and or original attempts at the genre. In fact, aside from `Friday Night Lights' I have yet to be truly impressed with a sports movie really. That was all until I saw `Hoosiers' last night, a film that I had avoided because of the whole `sports movie' stigmata and just really felt it was going to be yet another sappy true story with all the same dynamics as every other sappy true story.

    I was wrong.

    Yes, `Hoosiers' follows a familiar formula when it comes to telling the story of the Hickory Huskers, and Indiana high school basketball team that rises to greatness under the wing of their new coach Norman Dale. What sets the film apart though are the wonderfully fleshed out characters that add weight and depth to the film. It flows the same as most sports films do, but this film has heart whereas most sports movies do not. The brilliant performances also aid in this regard, adding layers of emotional attachment to the people involved and causing the audience to invest themselves fully into the film.

    Norman Dale is an ex-college basketball coach who has spent that last ten years in the navy after being fired for punching a player in the face. This single mistake has plagued Dale for years and it still hangs over his head as he attempts to move forward and coach this high school team. The problem is that the town of Hickory is a very emotionally invested town, each and every individual taking a special interest in the basketball team, and so the insertion of new blood sends the town in a frenzy. They immediately attack Dale for his unconventional coaching techniques, and when the team doesn't perform too well on the court the town tries to get Dale fired. Still, Dale presses forward, trying his best to move his team in the right direction, and he soon begins to make friends out of a few influential townsfolk, most importantly Jimmy, the towns basketball star who refused to play after his previous coach died.

    The film, like almost every other sports themed drama, makes a point to be an inspirational and moving film about overcoming obstacles to attain greatness, and in that respect it works much grander than most other films thanks to the wonderful performances by the cast. Gene Hackman (one of our greatest working actors) is a joy as Norman Dale, giving his character so much warmth and undeniable charm. He is the outcast, he is the rebel but he is so comfortable and charismatic that you want to rally beside him every step of the way. Barbara Hershey is also wonderful as Myra Fleener, the young teacher who is initially turned off by Dale but soon falls for him. She does a beautiful job of fleshing out her characters real drive and motivations.

    The real star here is Dennis Hopper, who thankfully earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. He really sinks deep into his character, giving him such a believable arch. As Shooter, the town drunk, Hopper plays on our sympathies, but never leaves us without reason to sympathize. He isn't lazy with his portrayal but really works at building layers around this man.

    So, if you are a sports fan, or a fan of sports films, then no doubt you've already seen this film. If you are not a fan of either (like myself) then I urge you to consider this one, because it is far from your average clich¨¦. This movie really has heart and soul, and it really raises the bar for all other sports related dramas to try and reach....more info
  • BLU-RAY REVIEWS?
    WHO TO BELIEVE?

    Hoosiers{Blu-Ray Version}, April 18, 2008
    By Sam - See all my reviews
    GREAT SPORTS MOVIE! INSTEAD OF REVIEWING MOVIE, WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS A GREAT SPORTS MOVIE, JUST WANTED TO SAY THE BLU-RAY PICTURE IS A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER MY OLD DVD. I'M ONLY REPLACING MY OLD MOVIES THAT I LOVE BUT LOOK BAD ON MY NEW HDTV. WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE PICTURE QUALITY ON THIS. THE ONLY DRAWBACK TO THIS BLU-RAY IS THERE AREN'T ANY EXTRAS EXCEPT FOR A TRAILER. BUT IF YOUR LOOKING FOR BETTER PICTURE QUALITY, YOU WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED.


    Hoosiers good movie but not enough., May 6, 2007
    By J. J. Esquivel Becerra "Charolin" (Mexico City) - See all my reviews
    It's a good movie but a poor transfer to Bluray.


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  • 2.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Hoosiers might have been considerably more novel when it came out, but like many a good film it has been weakened by its imitators--after 20 years it appears just as formulaic and tired as all the clones it spawned, and thus it's not very interesting as a film....more info
  • The Backbone of America
    I am not a basketball fan. I don't even like the game. What attracted me to this movie was the poster showing a pair of 1950s-looking basketball sneakers in the foreground with an open field of heartland America in the background. I finally got to see HOOSIERS on video and I am sure glad that I did. This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's hard to describe but this movie is what America is all about. Great performances, photography and a brilliantly emotionally charged score composed by Jerry Goldsmith contribute to the success of this film. One critic called it `a-stand-up-and-cheer-movie' and that is exactly what it is. When the opening credits played I just knew this was going to be a great film. Jerry Goldsmith's music behind the credits showing Gene Hackman traveling across the back roads of mid America is pure Americana. And the final shot of the team photograph on the wall of the empty and silent gymnasium with Hackman's echoing words put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. I suppose there is something endearing to me about our land and the chance for the seemingly unimportant individual to stand together with others against insurmountable odds and accomplish a noble feat or aspiration in one fleeting moment of glory. That is the greatness to be found in the collective spirit of our nation. Whenever you feel down and out try playing this movie. Watch it and you may come away that much richer in spirit.
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  • "You Are All Winners in My Book"
    Gene Hackman tells the boys that as they are about to take part in the state championship game at Butler stadium. Basically, he is with them, win or lose.

    Hackman plays Norman Dale, a last chance basketball coach who was a national title winner in his university coaching days, however, his career ended suddenly. He was in the navy for the last few decades and here is his opportunity to get back into basketball. He comes to the small town of Hickory Indiana with a high school population of 65 students to coach and teach at the school. All the town ever thinks about is basketball. Some are stuck in the failure they had in their youth.

    Dale has to face the challenge of a lack of respect from the kids, the parents and the whole town. There are glimmers of hope as one kid who walked off the court is brought back by his dad and apologizes. The story is, hey just let him coach. Hickory has only 6 players at the beginning with the best player sitting out basketball for his own reasons. Jimmy is the best player that people have seen in years. Dale acts unimpressed and tells Jimmy that in a one way conversation. His caretaker is played by Barbara Hershey, who is also a teacher in the school who is unfriendly toward Dale from the time he arrives.

    Dale sticks to his guns and his process of leading his team. Eventually the team starts to get it, but the town has had it with his approach. Just as you think the door is closing, things turn around and Dale gets to continue to lead his team with the best player and finally, the full contingent of players he needs. Although a small school, they go on to beat teams much bigger then they getting them into the championship game.

    The story has a lot of elements to it, persistence, a clear desire of everyone to be a winner, difference of opinion on how to get there, compassion and even a little love story to broaden the appeal of the movie. ...more info
  • Mon Dieu!
    This must be the worst, most pathetic film I have seen. I bought this movie because I like Gene Hackman. The movie is boring and slow moving. I have never been to Indiana, and now I am sure I NEVER wish to go there. The movie is full of drab, dull, lifeless and bleak scenes. The acting is okay, and the music is good. What is so exciting about a school winning a state championship? This happens all the time. Why do they make a movie of this? I highly suggest NOT purchasing this movie. This movie is a total waste of time and money. I would have rated it with zero stars, but it would not let me do that....more info
  • Corny, yes, but also very good.
    If I had read an outline of this story, I would probably have thought "too corny and unoriginal" and passed up on the movie. I'm glad I didn't, because it takes a concept that is, indeed, corny -- and yields a thoroughly enjoyable result. The acting, the cinematography, the wonderful music score, the realistic game sequences -- all are done to near perfection. My favorite scene is the one in which Coach Dale opens the door from the locker room and walks onto the floor to coach his first game at Hickory. The players are warming up, the band is playing the fight song, the crowd is on its feet in anticipation of the new season -- the electric feeling of the scene rings remarkably true to anyone who has experienced serious high school athletics....more info
  • A great movie
    I love this show.Gene Hackman probably did his finest performance in this show as did Dennis Hopper.A great basketball story that will just make you feel good.I highly recommend this to everyone....more info
  • In Inspiriing Story Of Second-Chances,
    What makes this one of the most popular sports films of all time isn't just the sport, it's because it's such a human-interest film, such a wonderful story of giving people second chances in life. Add a true-life David beat Goliath story and you have an appealing film.

    It doesn't hurt that Gene Hackman is the star, either. He may not have that celebrity appeal or the looks of Clark Gable or Bratt Pitt, but this man can flat-out act! He makes a very believable high school basketball coach who is tough-but-fair on the outside and soft-and-compassionate on the inside.

    The story of an extremely tiny school defying the odds and becoming a state champion in dramatic form was so inspiring that this film has played thousands of times for 20 years now by high school coaches to their kids for motivation.

    But the key to the story is the coach getting a second chance in life to do what he loves and does best and he, in turn, giving others a second chance such as the alcoholic here played by Dennis Hopper. There are great lessons on teamwork, patience, tolerance and a whole bunch of other qualities. In one of the DVD documentaries, both Hackman and Hoppper comment on how many times people have approached them and THIS is the movie they mention that meant so much them. That says a lot since both men have made many famous movies. By the way, the ACTUAL game that was played, which also is on this two-disc set, is boring....nothing like the film.

    An unsung hero of this movie is the cinematography. Man, this is beautifully filmed and the rural Midwest has never looked so pretty and appealing. The story takes place in Indiana but the movie was done in Illinois. Either way, it paints a beautiful picture of this part of the United States. It also paints a fond remembrance of the early 1950s. You get an honest-to-goodness feel of what it's like to be part of a basketball in this area during that time,

    Basketball meant an awful lot - and still does - to these folks. If you are sports fan in particularly, this movie will bring a tear or two to your eyes. However, this story is for everyone who believes people deserve chances to overcome previous mistakes. Few films, whatever the topic, have the "heart" this movie demonstrates.
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  • Collectible item
    I found the piece I was looking after trying to download stupid copies from the internet. It is worth! buying originals from amazon. ...more info
  • Special Edition = OUTSTANDING!
    First, the movie is the best basketball movie ever.

    This is a review of the special edition DVD. If you are a fan of the movie and the history of Indiana HS basketball you must get this dvd. The special feature documentary is great. The deleted scenes are great. AND the actual game the movie was based on is included with Bobby Plump hitting the game winner for the Milan Indians.
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  • What an inspiring movie!
    This movie tells the story of an underdog basketball team and their fight to get to the Indiana State Championship. They live in a small town with only about 60 boys in the whole school. The coach doesn't win any of his first games because "Jimmy" is not on their team any more. Then when they are about to fire the coach, Jimmy says that if the coach stays, he will start playing basketball again. Then they go on a winning streak. Do they get to the Indiana State Championship? Watch the movie to find out.

    This movie inspired me to practice my basketball more. This movie is a really powerful movie which will grab your attention and won't let go. I urge you to get this movie because it's a great movie for the whole family to watch together and I promise you they will love it. If you enjoy basketball, this movie is for you and if you don't enjoy basketball, this movie is still for you. This movie doesn't just tell of a basketball team. It tells the story of friendship, hope, and sportsmanship in an entertaining way. I urge you to go to the video store right now and rent Hoosiers. You won't be disapointed....more info
  • Hoosiers - the best sprots movie around
    This is the best sprots that I have ever seen. The producers probably did the movie an injustice with the decision not to include some of the deleted scenes that are on the feature DVD. Specifically the harvest scene and the scene where Buddy is allowed back on the team. The movie makers were very smart to use actual basketball players - the athletic action was superb. Buy the DVD set....more info
  • Coach Jerry Wayne Shelton
    Hoosiers DVD

    I don't know how I missed this film when it came out in 1986. It is a story of a middle-aged basketball coach and his last chance for redemption. It is suppose to be loosely based on a true story (whatever that means). Gene Hackman does a great job as the coach with Dennis Hopper as a supporting actor.

    Of course every body knows that all Indiana boys play basketball, just nail a basket to the side of a barn and start shooting, right? Unfortunately basketball is more than simply shooting the ball through a goal.

    The movie is set in Indiana in 1951, a little before my time as a high school basketball player. It does raise some questions with me such as how much difference can a coach make at the high school level? Mine made all the difference in the world, but I was fortunate to have Coach Jerry Wayne Shelton. I suspect they can make less of a difference at the colligate level.

    Highly recommended for any one who played high school basketball.

    Gunner March 2008
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  • A true Indiana tale
    It's based on the 1954 "Miracle of Milan" (and if you think that name has anything to do with either Italy or the Catholic Church, you're obviously not a Hoosier!) Even though I've heard a few fellow Hoosiers gripe about the film not being more true to the actual facts, to me, it's one of the top three or four movies I've ever seen, and captures perfectly the atmosphere of our state, circa 1950s.
    For instance, the scenes in the Hickory gym are just how it was in those crackerboxes where we had Hoosier Hysteria in those days. The screenplay captures the Hoosier way of talking well, too. Not the accents, so much, as the fact that people from Indiana tend to be a little laconic -- to not waste too many words. Our next door neighbors in Kentucky, on the other hand, are famous as gabbers and storytellers.
    Look at some of the family names, also: Fleenor, Chitwood, Butcher, and the like. I've known real Hoosiers by those names.
    The kids who portray the Huskers are the best basketball players I've ever seen acting in a movie. They've actually "played the game" before -- you can tell.
    Usually not mentioned, but a key element, is the musical score. It fits the theme so well -- especially at the end. Notice that after Coach Norman Dale says, "OK, let's go," just before Chitwood's winning basket, the only spoken words for the rest of the movie come from the disembodied voice of Dale, much later, as a lone kid shoots hoops in the Hickory gym. As the camera shows the photo of the state championship Huskers, Dale can be heard repeating what he said in the locker room before the big game: "I love you guys."
    The music filled in on the sound track in place of dialogue during the last seconds before victory -- and it was perfect.


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