[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
Recently, a sentient lintpile crammed into a human costume going by the name of Ted Cruz tried to ape a pivotal scene from this film in order to convince some humans that he's going to be able to be their President. Unfortunately for Ted, he called the basketball hoop a "ring" instead, and we all saw the seams of his human costume tear just a little bit. You can't fool us, Ted. We know.
Anyways, I took this incident as an opportunity to revisit Hoosiers, a film I've seen dozens upon dozens of times in my youth, as it was one of my father's favorite films - but it's a film I hadn't seen in at least fifteen years or…
A really good sports movie with Gene Hackman.
Neben WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP der beste Film über Basketball. Die Grundstory ist zwar auch hier wieder konventionell, die (Neben-) Figuren aber überragend gezeichnet und gespielt. Völlig zurecht gab es dafür auch eine Oscar-Nominierung für Dennis Hopper.
One of the greatest sport movies ever!
White man can jump!
Oh man that barbershop Star Spangled Banner. Words cannot describe it. And speaking of the music, those 80s synths really didn't fit at all.
Gene Hackman's pretty amazing though (and Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey) and Anspaugh's direction really works at moments. The measurements scene in a spectacular highlight.
Ah yes the classic sports underdog story, it had been done before but this was executed nearly perfect. It's no surprise Hoosiers has influenced a great deal of sports movie after it. Gene Hackman probably has a lot to do with that since everything he's touches turn to gold (shout out to Welcome to Mooseport).
In middle school I played basketball, I wasn't very good but I showed up. I would often complain about having to sit on the bench all game. Eventually the coach put me in, I scored a 3 pointer then walked off the court, out the door and never played again. As far as I'm concerned no underdog story will ever live up to mine, even a beloved classic like Hoosiers. Okay maybe Slap Shot.
A classic sports movie, unquestionably full of heart and inspiring moments, it unfairly suffers from cliches that itself helped originate or at least showcase.
Gene Hackman sets the standard for hard nose coaches. He's troubled, stubborn, passionate, yet ultimately caring and likable. Dennis Hopper is a bit over the top at times but definitely adds extra energy as the alcoholic townie/assistant coach.
The movie excels at establishing the perfect tone and setting for a Midwest small town. It never once feels forced or untrue. The town is a character in itself with the fanatical locals doing whatever they can to protect their team.
The final act unfortunately suffers the most from contemporary viewing. Each moment is now easily predictable right up to the end credits. However, the total experience is far from ruined. Even though you know what's going to happen it's too hard not to be swept up in the pursuit.
I was planning on watching Runaway Jury tonight after enduring six excruciating hours at my first ever jury duty service. Luckily I had the Letterboxd app to keep me company but there was also the start of March Madness and after watching my UConn boys kick major ass while waiting to be interviewed, it hit me that there was a different Gene Hackman itch that needed to be scratched - Hoosiers!
Calling it schmaltzy would be unkind but not untrue, though there is a whole lotta heart, a yearning for a more innocent time, and a mythic portrait of basketball going on here, and it all shines through to the film's benefit. Of course Hackman is tops, Hopper is killing it and Barbara Hershey does the best she can with a character that distracts from the story. I wish the players were more likable and fleshed out but Hackman takes care of the heavy lifting.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Complete list. :-(