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They needed a second chance to finish first.
High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.
I want to explain my potential personal bias towards this film before I start to review it. I was born, raised, and continue to live in Indiana. I am not quite old enough to directly recall the events of the movie, but I am old enough for the legend of those events to have haunted my entire primary education. The attitudes towards high school basketball in Indiana really only has one equivalent that I am aware of, and that is high school football in Texas. I currently work with people that sincerely believe that "dunking" a basketball and the three point shot ruined the game. They look at this film with a strange reverence, and and even stranger dismissal, because…
I suppose being from Indiana helps elevate my admiration for this film, but I still find it hard to believe how anyone who even mildly enjoys sports could not find this tremendous.
I try to watch this one on a semi-regular basis, but I realized that it had been at least four years since my last viewing. There are a lot of things David Anspaugh does so well to make this one of the greatest sports films of all-time, but I don't think there is a better quality about the movie than its true depiction of the small, tightly knit midwestern community and the importance they put on local athletics. Of course the acting is top-notch from Gene Hackman, Barbara…
I'm a sucker for underdogs.
And Gene Hackman.
And sports montages.
Lots of montages.
The movie is really a paint by numbers affair, but the first half has such character, starting with the awkward initial encounter between Barbara Hershey and Hackman and ending at a town meeting where Hackman fights for his job. The second half is still strong, but the machinations of all sports films -- the road to victory -- takes a little bit of wind out of the sails.
Still I get caught up in the ride, cheering along with every shot. I'm a fan, and like most fans I'm willing to overlook my team's faults. As long as they're winning I'm happy.
Μέχρι τα 10 μου και σε αντίθεση με όλα τα παιδιά του σχολείου μου, δεν ήθελα να γίνω κάτι όταν μεγαλώσω. Θυμάμαι μου άρεσαν οι υπολογιστές, αλλά τους έβλεπα σαν παιχνίδια και κάθε φορά που έβλεπα την αγαπημένη μου Formula, τρόμαζα πως θα τρακάρω και θα πάθω ότι και ο Σένα.
Τότε έπαιζα μπάσκετ στη γυμναστική και στα διαλείμματα όχι τόσο επειδή μου άρεσε, όσο γιατί στο ποδόσφαιρο γινόταν ένα ασύλληπτο μπουλούκι και κάθε φορά κατέληγα να περιμένω μια φορά τη μπάλα και να τη στείλω στο διάολο, για τη φάση, αλλά αυτό δεν άρεσε στους συμμαθητές μου που την είχαν δει επίδοξοι Ζιντάν και Ροναλντίνιο. Ήμουν και πιο ψηλός από όλα τα παιδιά της τάξης μου, οπότε το μπάσκετ…
The one that got the ball rolling, so to speak, when it comes to sports related drama.
Hackman and Hopper are brilliant, as the new coach in town and the resident drunk respectively.
Time flies by as a down on his luck ex-coach gets a second chance from an old friend, relocating to a small town in the middle of nowhere, or Indiana if you will.
Indiana is evidently really big on basketball, guess I'll have to take the film's word on it.
It's the story we're all too familiar with now, of the little underdog punching above it's weight, and then some, and how the togetherness against all odds drive them forward.
You've heard it…
Sports movies don't get any better than this. Hoosiers may seem cliche now, but it was the original cliche. An oft-copied formula is used in this movie, but the execution and performances are incredible. A top notch movie!
The story is of Indiana basketball. Coach Norman Dale is hired to turn around the Hoosiers basketball team. But he'll have to do it without the help of the star player, Jimmy Chitwood. Jimmy liked the old coach, and won't play for Coach Dale. Also encouraging Jimmy not to play is Myra Fleener. She thinks Jimmy needs to focus on his studies, and not concern himself with a season of basketball. Coach Dale must overcome all these obstacles, including an alcoholic assistant…
This is how to make a great sports movie. I have certain gripes with it, most pertaining to the lack of Jimmy's purpose, but it shows that all it takes to make a successfully sports film is character. Character, character, character. You need to not only make the people likable, but interesting, give them a reason to be who they are. Because, if we're being honest, you know how it's going to end, with your center team (the underdogs) winning. But for the genre, it's how you get to that point that makes it a good movie. You can't make a sports movie with a twist, you just can't, but you can make a journey to the success a ride to remember.
There is a reason this movie is always rated in the top 3 of every list ranking of sports movies, it's just plain great. This movie made me love Gene Hackman and every roll he has ever done I have judged by this movie roll. Many younger movie goers probably won't get it, being in an era they can't relate to.
A nice inspirational basketball film. It may be a little cliched now but it's still a very good film.
I feel like that little guy shouldn't have been as bad as he was. Call yourself a coach Gene Hackman!?
Gene Hackman is in fine form as an outsider who ends up in small-town America coaching the local basketball team.
The film manages to capture the fervor of sports and what it means to a small community, and to the players themselves. This is all helped by a fantastic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
The love of the underdogs and feel-good factor never lets up, even if it does start to get a little hokey. The subplots also slowly give way to the sports story. The subplot with Dennis Hopper is particularly undercooked and leaves him to jump up and down to a radio broadcast. To his credit, he could not be more unhinged when he does this.
It is amusing…
basketball movies usually suck, but this ees goot
Not a sports movie guy.
Good old fashioned tale of overcoming obstacles. Hackman and Hopper are noteworthy.
Pues la recordaba mejor, no es que sea mala, todo lo contrario, pero en esta revisión me ha parecido el cuento de la cenicienta (deportivamente hablando) pero sin mojarse en ningún momento.
Da la impresión de que todo pasa de puntillas, sin acabar de expresar la pasión que se le supone a un film así.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…