[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…
Solid family entertainment. It sucks that such a good Dennis Hopper performance is wasted by the film.
The basketball is inspiring, but 90% of that inspiration comes from the iconic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
Does anyone outside of the state of Indiana really like this movie?
A beautifully shot and masterfully scored film can not overcome the predictable story line. I enjoyed the film immensely as it is filled with such gorgeous cinematography from beginning to end. After multiple viewings, however, Hoosiers; the ultimate underdog story of a high school basketball team from Indiana that just needed someone to believe in them, just doesn't hold up due to its paint by numbers screenplay/direction.
I liked this movie. It was also funny. The team had bad starts in games, but ended up making game-winning shots to win. Game winning free throw in regional finals, then in state finals, a winning shot. The team did start bad. The coach's assistant didn't know how to coach, which is crazy.
Chato e esquecível..
Preparação para a grande final da NBA entre os Golden State Warriors e os Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sports are not my thing by a long shot, but a great sports film can make me give a damn about pretty much any athletic pursuit. Hoosiers also has this weight of importance behind it, as I'd say it's widely considered one of the greatest sports films of all time, and arguably the greatest basketball film ever made. Maybe it also has the added burden of largely being an archetype for many sports films that cane after it that I saw prior to it.
But Hoosiers is good. It's not great.
I don't even think it's really all that revolutionary in terms of what came after it, since this sort of underdog winning story had been done before. And the…
That's the stuff.
I must have seen this movie a dozen times. Every time I rewatch it, I fall for it.
Hoosiers, I can't quit you.
Letter Grade: A-
Watched on the way home from Boston in the car
Complete list. :-(