[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…
A great sports film that actually understands the struggles of sports and has a brilliant performance from the amazing Gene Hackman.
I always want to love this movie (and I truly DO love the memories I have of watching it as a child), but accessing it honestly I consider it a pretty weak film. The story is there, and the duo of Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper is one to be reckoned with, but neither their characters nor this true life team are given the depth they deserve in what amounts to a sports film both fluffy and overlong. The subject matter is decidedly feel-good even if the filmmaking is sloppy, making this a recommendation for casual Sunday night viewing, but look elsewhere for stronger canonical sports movies.
I think my mistake was watching both Hoosiers and Rudy on the same day. I had always heard how great Hoosiers was but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It is a good movie but I liked Rudy better.
I guess there's just no way to make basketball exciting for me. I mean, I hate boxing even more than I hate basketball, but that hasn't stopped me from liking every boxing movie I've ever seen. But there's no drama in basketball, especially in a case like this, where there's nothing at stake except bragging rights. The players are mostly interchangeable drones, except one has a drunk dad, one is super Christian, etc., and by the end I was actually rooting against these insipid white boys. On top of that, David Anspaugh's direction couldn't be more formally uninspired, and Jerry Goldsmith's synth score actively works against it and is now terribly dated. Any chance of me ever checking out Rudy is pretty much gone now (I hate football more than I hate basketball).
Mια πολύ ωραία μπασκετο-ταινία, που, αν και περιέχει όλα τα κλισέ και τις υπερβολές των αθλητικών ταινιών, παρουσιάζει ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες με βάθος και πολυπλοκότητα (ιδίως του coach -εξαιρετική η ερμηνεία του G. Hackman), συνθέτοντας ένα σύνολο που διασκεδάζει και συγκινεί. Από τις λίγες ταινίες του είδους που συνδυάζουν με επιτυχία αθλητισμό και ανθρώπινη φύση.
Is this the whitest movie about basketball ever made? Almost certainly. Moreover, for all of the talk of the importance of team, this movie sure lives and dies on the performance of one actor. Still, Gene Hackman is spectacular, and the underdog narrative is cliched, but effective.
I realize this is based on a true story, but Gene Hackman could have really used a werewolf on the team.
"If everyone here is as friendly as you, southern hospitality is gonna get a bad name."
Hoosiers needed a memorable music score - something more RUDYesque. What we get is kinda weak. Minus one star. And who the hell shoots underhand in high school? Minus another half star.
Still a great flick though.
Boring basketball movie in a boring place like Indiana.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(