Blue Chips

Blue Chips

Director: William Friedkin

Cast: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh

     
 

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Blue Chips examines greed, cheating, and "winning at all costs" in the world of college basketball. Nick Nolte plays the stressed-out coach on the verge of his first losing season, who hits the road in search of new players not already signed by a bigger school. He finds three prospects: a precision Chicago shooter (Anfernee Hardaway), a giant farmboy (MattSee more details below

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Blue Chips examines greed, cheating, and "winning at all costs" in the world of college basketball. Nick Nolte plays the stressed-out coach on the verge of his first losing season, who hits the road in search of new players not already signed by a bigger school. He finds three prospects: a precision Chicago shooter (Anfernee Hardaway), a giant farmboy (Matt Nover), and a talented troublemaker (Shaquille O'Neal). All three, wise to the ways of college basketball recruitment, make excessive financial and lifestyle demands before they can be persuaded to come to the school; the coach, already haunted by accusations of underhanded dealings, doesn't want to dig himself a deeper hole but has no choice.

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Spittle flying and veins popping, Nick Nolte's Pete Bell is the prototype of the Bobby Knight-like basketball coach whose play diagramming is exceeded only by his irascible personality. Blue Chips opens with his total verbal castration of a locker room of chastened athletes, then ups the wicked satirical level by having Bell, in full pouting diva mode, punt a ball into the stands during the game. This prepares the viewer for the possibility that the director who achieved widespread acclaim for his atypical cop movie (The French Connection) and horror movie (The Exorcist) might round out his resumé with an atypical sports movie. But William Friedkin's unexpected foray into this genre can't live up to its promising start. It softens Bell into a vacillating pawn with far more bark than bite, diminishing Nolte's wonderfully realized portrayal. The film's recruiting violations and other compromised ethics are well worth examining, but they follow many of the expected avenues of this type of behavior. Blue Chips does create a believable sense of the pressure cooker world that would imperil a ridiculously successful coach after a single losing season. With help from real sports personalities playing both characters and themselves, including Knight offering an uncharacteristically sportsmanlike self-parody, Friedkin and screenwriter/sports enthusiast Ron Shelton score a slam dunk on realism. For viewers entrenched in this world, pointing out the cameos will be just the beginning of the fun. However, the uninitiated may find too few insights to sustain them.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303922
Original Release:
1994
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
19,307

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Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Pete Bell
Mary McDonnell Jenny
J.T. Walsh Happy
Ed O'Neill Ed
Alfre Woodard Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy Vic
Louis Gossett Father Dawkins
Shaquille O'Neal Neon
Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway Butch
Matt Nover Ricky
Cylk Cozart Slick
Anthony C. Hall Tony
Kevin Benton Jack
Bill Cross Freddie
Marques Johnson Mel
Robert Wuhl Marty
Larry Bird Actor
Louis Di Giaimo Actor
Bobby Knight Himself
Nigel Miguel Dolphin
Michael Butler Dolphin
Jim Beaver Ricky's Father
Tony Gonzalez Dolphin Mascot
Dick Vitale Himself
Allan Malamud Reporter
Michael Johnson Cash Man
Jerry Tarkanian Himself
Thomas Hill The Coast Team
Sam Crawford The Texas Western Team

Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
Bill Arnold Art Director
Jeff Beck Score Composer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Wolfgang Glattes Executive Producer,Production Designer
Robert Lambert Editor
Jed Leiber Score Composer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Priestley Cinematographer
Michelle Rappaport Producer
Nile Rodgers Score Composer
David Rosenbloom Editor
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Ron Shelton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Ed Verreaux Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blue Chips
1. Chapter 1 [:19]
1. The Recruiter [2:57]
2. Chicago, Illinois - Butch McRae [5:41]
3. French Lick - Ricky Roe [5:57]
4. Algiers [7:06]
5. No More Cold Weather [2:16]
6. Greatest Tutor In The Conference [:30]
7. We Owe It To 'Em! [1:32]
8. Friends Of The Program [5:42]
9. We're Gonna Get This Guy [3:11]
10. Is There Someone You Can Call? [2:29]
11. Relax, It's Working [3:59]
12. Go To The Videotape [:59]
13. We've Got A Job To Do [:52]
14. Press Conference [2:58]
15. Last Jump Shot [3:42]

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