Hoosiers

Hoosiers

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Director: David Anspaugh, Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

Cast: David Anspaugh, Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

     
 

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Hoosiers tells the true story of a group of underdogs who become champions. Set in the 1950s, Hoosiers is about a hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach (Gene Hackman) who gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team. Facing resentment from the community and the team itself, Hackman manages to inspire his young athletes

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Hoosiers tells the true story of a group of underdogs who become champions. Set in the 1950s, Hoosiers is about a hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach (Gene Hackman) who gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team. Facing resentment from the community and the team itself, Hackman manages to inspire his young athletes, leading them to the state championship with the help of the assistant coach (Dennis Hopper), who happens to be a recovering alcoholic.

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Barnes & Noble - Charles Salzberg
Nothing moves the sports purist like the charge of the underdog. The more improbable, the better. And in Hoosiers, director David Anspaugh's wonderful celebration of the sporting spirit, a small-town Indiana high school basketball team comes out of nowhere and, against all odds, makes it all the way to the state finals. (The fact that it's based on true story from 1954 gives this "Rocky" story a little extra punch.) Washed-up college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) and basketball nut/town drunk Shooter (Dennis Hopper) lead a ragtag collection mostly of farm boys, to glory. Along the way, they find a higher meaning to life and realize they can accomplish far more than they had ever imagined. Although the theme here is an old one, the film is enlivened both by Hackman's artistry and by Hopper's touching performance -- one that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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No matter the quality of the film or its box office success, Gene Hackman has been one of the most consistently interesting actors since 1969's Bonnie and Clyde. In the decidedly straightforward Hoosiers, he could have played his role as written and gotten away with a cliched characterization. As usual, though, he brings a genuine human complexity to his single-minded basketball coach with something to hide. It's somewhat similar to one of Hackman's greatest roles, Harry Caul in The Conversation: both men are fish out of water unless surrounded by what they know, whether sound equipment or basketballs. Hackman keeps the film's other elements in the realm of believability. The "unknown" segment of the cast -- the townspeople and the team -- are also remarkably natural, and they bring an important authenticity to the setting. The David-and-Goliath formula is overused in American films, and Hoosiers walks a fine line of calculated sentimentality -- a line that director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo would cross in their next effort, the football film Rudy. Dennis Hopper received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role, which many wags quipped was as much in recognition of his corrosive work that same year in Blue Velvet as it was for Hoosiers.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
UPC:
0027616801036
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Coach Norman Dale
Barbara Hershey Myra Fleener
Dennis Hopper Shooter
Sheb Wooley Cletus
Fern Persons Opal Fleener
Brad Boyle Whit
Steve Hollar Rade
Brad Long Buddy
David Neidorf Evertt
Kent Poole Merle
Wade Schenck Ollie
Scott Summers Strap
Marius Valainis Jimmy
Larua Robling Loetta
Chelcie Ross George
Robert Swan Rollin
Michael O'Guinne Rooster
Wil Dewitt Reverend Doty
John Robert Thompson Sheriff Finley
Michael Sassone Preacher Purl
Gloria Dorson Millie
Mike Dalzell Carl
Eric Gilliom J. June
Sam Smiley Referee - Cedar Knob
Ken Strunk Referee - Dugger
Rich Komenich Reporter
Robert Sutton Reporter
Robert F. Boyle Referee - Oolitic
John E. Blazier Spectator

Technical Credits
David Anspaugh Director
Jane Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
John Daly Executive Producer
Carter DeHaven Producer
Derek Gibson Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Graham Henderson Associate Producer
David Lubin Production Designer
Janis Lubin Set Decoration/Design
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
David Nichols Production Designer
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Ernie F. Orsatti Stunts
Angelo Pizzo Producer,Screenwriter
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Brendon Smith Set Decoration/Design

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"Hoosiers" is a heartwarming family sports film about a small town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. Gene Hackman, in the title role, is superb as he overcomes personal demons, parental/town pressures and players who don't know the meaning of the word "team". The relationships he has with the principal, a fellow teacher and his assistant coaches is spot on. Hackman, as Coach Norman Dale, uses his considerable coaching skills to become the architect of a "real" team of players not just individuals who play basketball. The story clearly demonstates the fact that a team of players can accomplish more than just a team of "all stars". Barbara Hershey, as Hackman's fellow teacher, is great in the role as an embittered spinster who feels a family obligation to stay in the small town. Dennis Hopper, the drunken father of one of the players, plays his role convincingly. Even if you are not a basketball fan you will enjoy this movie as it chronicles the path from small town zeroes to small town heroes.
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