Hoosiers

Hoosiers

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Director: David Anspaugh

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

     
 

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Hoosiers may be one of the most loved sports films, but it has not received the attention it deserves on DVD. Originally released on DVD by Live Entertainment (now Artisan), then acquired by MGM, this disc is lacking in many ways. The image, framed at the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, is an anamorphic transfer and shows a fair amount of grain.See more details below

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Hoosiers may be one of the most loved sports films, but it has not received the attention it deserves on DVD. Originally released on DVD by Live Entertainment (now Artisan), then acquired by MGM, this disc is lacking in many ways. The image, framed at the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, is an anamorphic transfer and shows a fair amount of grain. Still, even with the grain, the image holds up quite well, especially in the use of color. Reds, prominent throughout the film, are solid and really stand out. The sound, a Dolby Digital Surround mix, is centered up front, but is recorded far too low. It's necessary to turn up the volume in order to hear dialogue, but needs to be lowered when the rousing music begins. The only soundtrack is in English. Closed captions are available in only English. As for extras, there aren't very many. There is only a trailer, which is a real shame, as a commentary or a documentary on actual Indiana high school basketball would be a real treat. It is hard not to love this film, but one is saddened that more could not be done for the disc.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
All Movie Guide
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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
UPC:
0027616801821
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
15,309

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

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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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Scene Index

Side #1-- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/ Main Title. [:04]
2. Anything But Friendly. [4:19]
3. About Jimmy. [3:09]
4. The Heavy Hand. [1:19]
5. Dismissing George... . [2:56]
6. And Two More. [1:44]
7. Meeting Shooter. [5:25]
8. Jimmy. [1:15]
9. The Rally. [4:00]
10. First Game. [3:47]
11. 2nd Half/4 Players. [5:01]
12. Dinner Invitation. [3:56]
13. Late Night Visit. [3:29]
14. Gorillas In The Mix. [2:27]
15. The Proposition. [3:40]
16. A New Assistant. [3:08]
17. Referendum To Remove. [1:22]
18. Passing To Shooter. [2:12]
19. Unexpected Support. [1:39]
20. The Referendum. [1:46]
21. A Brand New Game. [4:24]
22. "Kick Me Out!." [2:33]
23. On Court, Off Wagon. [4:30]
24. Shooter Takes A Fall. [4:39]
25. "The Best You Can Be." [2:30]
26. God's Plan For Strap. [4:11]
27. Dale's Plan For Ollie. [2:03]
28. A Walk In The Woods. [5:13]
29. Facing The Press. [2:53]
30. Visiting Dad. [1:00]
31. Butler Fieldhouse. [2:25]
32. "Win This One For...." [3:57]
33. An Early Lead. [2:25]
34. Evening It Up. [2:05]
35. "I'll Make It." [4:42]
36. End Credits. [4:25]
Side #2-- STANDARD
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/ Main Title. [:04]
2. Anything But Friendly. [4:19]
3. About Jimmy. [3:09]
4. The Heavy Hand. [1:19]
5. Dismissing George... . [2:56]
6. And Two More. [1:44]
7. Meeting Shooter. [5:25]
8. Jimmy. [1:15]
9. The Rally. [4:00]
10. First Game. [3:47]
11. 2nd Half/4 Players. [5:01]
12. Dinner Invitation. [3:56]
13. Late Night Visit. [3:29]
14. Gorillas In The Mix. [2:27]
15. The Proposition. [3:40]
16. A New Assistant. [3:08]
17. Referendum To Remove. [1:22]
18. Passing To Shooter. [2:12]
19. Unexpected Support. [1:39]
20. The Referendum. [1:46]
21. A Brand New Game. [4:24]
22. "Kick Me Out!." [2:33]
23. On Court, Off Wagon. [4:30]
24. Shooter Takes A Fall. [4:39]
25. "The Best You Can Be." [2:30]
26. God's Plan For Strap. [4:11]
27. Dale's Plan For Ollie. [2:03]
28. A Walk In The Woods. [5:13]
29. Facing The Press. [2:53]
30. Visiting Dad. [1:00]
31. Butler Fieldhouse. [2:25]
32. "Win This One For...." [3:57]
33. An Early Lead. [2:25]
34. Evening It Up. [2:05]
35. "I'll Make It." [4:42]
36. End Credits. [4:25]

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