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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 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…
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…
Hoosiers is one of the finest sports dramas that have ever been made. The film managed to set the standard for all to follow. I’ve seen my fair share of sports films, and Hoosiers ranks among the essential films to watch. The film has a simply story, yet has plenty of heart to really make it a standout feature that boasts a great cast of actors headed by Gene Hackman. The film is engaging from start to finish. Hoosiers for me is one of the better films dealing the sport of Basketball. There has been other films tackling the sport, but none has had the power of capturing your attention that Hoosiers. The film, I thought wasn’t clichéd, unlike every…
Next stop on my tour making new friends of old movie-lovers, and I must admit I'm surprised by how little I care about the team or their coach in this one. It all felt too shallow and flat, giving me very little connection with Hackman or the kids. It just lacks depth, never bothering to spend some of its time on adding a little meat to its tale.
I guess it was released early enough to setting up cliches for later, and it's hardly its fault--I guess. But on the other hand, I firmly believe it's not enough to come up with new angles. You also have a responsibility to set the standard; like Rashomon with the Rashomon-effect. What I'm…
Directed by David Anspaugh, yes. That David Anspaugh.
Gene Hackman, one of those actors that just brings it every time. I can't recall too many movies where it looked like Hackman was ever phoning it in.
He's a reason to watch Hoosiers.
Now, if you've ever seen a sports film.... then you know the plot.
New coach for the high school basketball team, distrusted by the locals, but builds up the team into the team that wins the yada yada yada...
That's the weakest part of the movie, in my opinion.
Sports films are not my favorite. When the stakes are the win or loss of a game, I find it tough to care.
Raging Bull, it's not…
Pretty much exactly what I expected. My only real complaint is that literally every game from halfway through the movie on was decided on the last possession, which is extremely unrealistic even in high school basketball. Other than that, this was pretty much the prototypical underdog movie. A lot of films have followed in its footsteps, and after finally seeing it I really can't blame filmmakers for wanting to emulate it.
One of my all-time favorites.
Hoosiers is the 1986 film starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and Dennis Hopper. The story revolves around Gene Hackman's character who is a high school basketball coach in a small Indiana town. The film shows the ups and downs of the 4 month long high school basketball season. The film also touches on non-sport(s) issues such as the effects of drinking, as well as father-son relationship(s).
I really enjoyed this film. I was a little teary by the end. For me, this film was pretty amazing in a couple ways. I think I now know where the "slow clap" fad thing came from. Also, I really liked Gene Hackman's performance in the movie. I also kinda liked the actors who…
I was lucky enough to see this in a theater with a small audience including director David Anspaugh. Every time the team won a game in the film, at least one person in the audience clapped, though it was usually almost everyone in the theater.
I wish I’d liked this a little more than I did. At first I thought it was touching on some of the same themes as Friday Night Lights, a TV show I adore. But, as it progresses, Hoosiers feels increasingly dull and predictable. It has a couple of moments, but this is a sports movie done exactly how you’d expect, with little room for surprise or excitement. I wouldn’t mind the paint-by-numbers approach if it was more fun, but this film lacks personality too.
Coach Norman Dale, a former NCAA head coach, moves to a small town in Indiana to coach a tiny High School team years after his last game in college, and ends up leading the unlikely contenders deep into the state tournament. Classic underdog story, featuring solid acting from Hackman and Hopper, a good small-town feel, and a basketball team that you'll find yourself rooting for. Also captures the fifties well. Worth a watch for any sports fan.
Oscar Nominations for Original Score and Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper).
Yes, the story is very by the book, but Hoosiers gets the politics of small town sports, and what a big deal it can make in a small town. This is what makes Hoosiers a great movie in my book, the characters, and the small details that really are true to life, growing up in a small town I can relate to this movie all to well.
As a child I loved this movie. Roughly twenty years later, I can barely stomach this paint-by-numbers feel-good dreck. It's easy to appreciate Gene Hackman in a role like this, but HOOSIERS is a film that doesn't acknowledge cliches, it whole-heartedly embraces them... with prejudice!
HOOSIERS is so slick and polished and conventional, all the feel-good and inspiration it wants to impart comes off as completely insincere, rendering the entire experience moot. This is to no fault of the cast, who all do a good job with a terrible script and a director without a single unique bone in his body (who is also responsible for RUDY, which I'm not officially afraid to rewatch).
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