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The high-school basketball film Hoosiers has become a genre classic. This tale of an underdog small-town Indiana team taking on a big-city powerhouse in the state championships was based on a true story. The most fascinating aspect of this first-rate disc is the inclusion of the original film of that actual 1954 championship game. The footage is grainy and is by no means professionally created, but it is a fascinating piece of history. Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo provide a commentary ...
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The high-school basketball film Hoosiers has become a genre classic. This tale of an underdog small-town Indiana team taking on a big-city powerhouse in the state championships was based on a true story. The most fascinating aspect of this first-rate disc is the inclusion of the original film of that actual 1954 championship game. The footage is grainy and is by no means professionally created, but it is a fascinating piece of history. Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo provide a commentary track for the feature film that details many stories about how they had to make do with a very limited budget. The excellent transfer of the film presents the movie in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, preserving the original theatrical aspect ratio. The English soundtrack has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The director and screenwriter provide an introduction for over 30 minutes of deleted footage, much of it concerning the romantic relationship between the coach played by Gene Hackman and the local schoolteacher played by Barbara Hershey. The original theatrical trailer and a still photo gallery round out this quality release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New high-definition 16 x 9 transfer; "Hossier History: The Truth Behind the Legend" documentary; 30 minutes of deleted scenes with introduction by director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo; Milan vs. Muncie 1954 Indiana high-school championship game; Audio commentary by director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 027616902412
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

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, Producer
Carter DeHaven III Producer
Derek Gibson Executive Producer, Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Graham Henderson Associate Producer, 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 -- Feature Film
1. Main Title/Arrival [3:57]
2. Job to Do [2:15]
3. Jimmy [:24]
4. Warm Welcome [2:12]
5. First Practice [2:56]
6. Shooter [:06]
7. A Chat With Jimmy [6:23]
8. Only a Game [:40]
9. Pep Rally [1:16]
10. First Game [1:39]
11. The Law [2:07]
12. Sunday Supper [:08]
13. Shooter's Game Plan [2:41]
14. Passion on the Road [3:11]
15. Seeking Assistance [5:11]
16. Coach in Question [1:45]
17. Checkered Past [:05]
18. Town Vote [3:24]
19. Team Turnaround [1:47]
20. Shooter's Shot [4:20]
21. Sectional Finals [1:24]
22. Hospital Visit [3:06]
23. Regional Finals [3:00]
24. Ollie's Opportunity [:50]
25. A Long Time [1:46]
26. Press Conference [3:10]
27. Redemption [1:13]
28. Same Measurements [2:36]
29. David & Goliath [2:16]
30. Championship Game [2:10]
31. Team! Team! Team! [4:07]
32. End Credits [:27]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature Film
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Director David Aspaugh and Writer Angelo Pizzo On
      Audio Commentary by Director David Aspaugh and Writer Angelo Pizzo Off
      Other Great MGM Releases
         Walking Tall
         The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
         Rocky Anthology
         More Great MGM Releases
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      English 5.1 Surround
      Español Mono
      Français Mono
      English Subtitles
      Español Subtitles
      Français Subtitles
      No Subtitles
Side #2 -- Special Features
   Hossier History: The Truth Behind the Legend
   Deleted Scenes
      On the Way to Hickory
      Coach Dale and Cletus Walk Through School
      Dinner at Cletus's House
      The Harvest
      The Transfer
      Buddy Asks to Come Back
      Dinner at Myra's
      Encouraging the Team
      Waiting for the Vote
      Norman Thanks Myra
      Praying for Victory
      The Haircut
      The Caravan
      Play All
   Milan vs. Muncie 1954 Indiana High School Championship Game
   Photo Gallery
      View Photo Gallery
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    All time great sports movie

    "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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