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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…
Some parts of this really get on my nerves but other parts are really effective. I'll give it 4 stars just for Gene Hackman's performance. The part where he tells his team that he loves them always gets me.
One thing about HOOSIERS:
Go to a sporting event with a massive high-definition video screen -- and by now that's pretty much *any* sporting event -- and you're almost certain to see a hackneyed montage of "motivational" moments from the movies. Sports movies, usually. (Unless it's the pre-battle montage with clips of guys on horseback.) And somewhere in there, inevitably, is HOOSIERS. Maybe for the rally-clap scene. Or maybe for head coach Norman Dale telling his squad that if they give it their all, "in my book we're gonna be winners."
I hate those montages, not just because they're hackneyed but also because they expose how hackneyed most sports movies tend to be. And, yes, regardless of whether HOOSIERS was…
Ah, sports movies. We all know the formula. We all know the cliches. Sometimes it works for us. Sometimes it doesn't. For me this is one of those times where it didn't. In fact I t was quite empty for me. I didn't get enough to be invested in the players. There's a lame subplot with an alcoholic father that felt forced. One of the players always takes a knee before playing and everyone else is forced to wait for him to be ready. Its pretty lame. I did think that the one kid that sucked at basketball got about two of the best minutes in the movie when the game focused on him. But aside from that one kid,…
I know this movie has been emulated over and over again, but by watching this you can tell why.
Sports don't usually excite me but damn was the end of this movie exciting. Even though you've seen the tropes before, Hoosiers makes you want that fairytale ending. You can't help but get involved and root for the team and Coach Dale. May even beat Rudy for best sports movie ever.
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 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.
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