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Blue Chips (1994)

Nick Nolte , Mary McDonnell , William Friedkin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill, Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: Ron Shelton
  • Producers: Catherine Meyers, Michele Rappaport, Ron Shelton, Wolfgang Glattes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007KIFLE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blue Chips" on IMDb

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Here's another smart sports movie penned by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump). It's an incriminating look at major college recruiting in the days of secret payoffs, circa the early 1990s. Coach Pete Bell (Nick Nolte) seems to be the only honest man left in sports, and the pressure to win at his UCLA-like school soon takes its toll. For action fans, the well-staged games are only at the bookends of the movie: the film is about scandalous recruiting and the passion of the coach. Shaquille O'Neal's ballyhooed debut is short and sweet as a nearly mythical basketball warrior. The biggest acting surprise is Boston Celtic legend Bob Cousy's deft debut as the school's AD. The film is a little too preachy at times, but the sermon is worth listening to, especially with some solid laughs from Shelton's stinging pen. Director William Friedkin's change-of-pace film would only be half the movie without Nolte, who is instantly believable as the workaholic coach. In game situations where opposing coaches are the likes of Bobby Knight (one of many excellent cameos), Nolte comes off as the real thing. --Doug Thomas

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In BLUE CHIPS, dedicated coach Pete Bell has come to the realization that no matter what he does, his team of underdogs can't win -- at least not without some new talent. After issuing a national search, Pete makes prospective players promises he knows he can't keep. Though he despises what he has done, the new recruits prove to be worth their weight in gold and the answer to all coach Pete's prayers

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at college basketball recruiting December 21, 1999
By Andrew
Format:VHS Tape
Nick Nolte plays an explosive, but caring college basketball coach who's career is on the decline due to recruiting problems. Nolte decides to lose his ethics and give recruits money, cars, houses, etc. to get them to come to his school. A serious sports movie without the usual fairytale ending. The basketball action is exciting and realistic because most of it is played by real NBA stars, like Shaq, Penny Hardaway, Allan Houston, George Lynch and many others. Bob Cousy is better than expected as the athletic director who doesn't miss foul shots.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Hoosiers Imitator February 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
We sure do make a lot of sports movies in the US, and this is one of the better ones, not as good as Hoosiers, but then again who could touch Gene Hackman in his prime, right? What I like about this one is the somewhat stiff performances by Shaq and Anfernee Hardaway, which add "something" of reality to the film. Really. The other good thing is Nick Nolte. He played his part to the hilt. He sold his soul to the devil (he cheated), but then he redeemed himself. The scene with him teaching the kids at the playground the fundamentals is a classy and classic ending. Excellent movie. It's not as emotionally exhilerating as Hoosiers, but that's another story, right?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Nick Nolte, age 53 here, is outstanding in his role as "Pete Bell" in 1994's "Blue Chips". Bell is a Bobby Knight-like basketball coach who is not at all happy when his team is on the losing end of the score. Knight himself has a role in this movie, as do some other well-known people from the real basketball world.

I find myself watching and re-watching the opening scene of this film, where Nolte storms into the locker room, wreaking havoc on the water cooler (and whatever else happens to be within arm's reach). It's a great beginning to a very good motion picture.

The DVD edition of "Blue Chips" was released by Paramount in March of 2005, and became a welcome addition to my collection of movie discs. The DVD offers up a beautiful-looking Widescreen (1.85:1 anamorphic) version of the movie. Colors are brilliant. No bonus features are offered on the disc however. Not even the Theatrical Trailer, which would have been kind of nice to have.

The 1997 VHS video edition of "Blue Chips" is not really too bad either, although it's not in the preferred Widescreen mode. But the VHS does offer a robust 2.0 Dolby Surround track.

If you collect sports movies, you should probably get yourself a video or DVD copy of 1994's "Blue Chips" for sure. It's worth the price for that opening water cooler-destroying scene and Coach Bell's later basketball-kicking tirade all by themselves. ;)

"I want this team to win so bad I can TASTE it!!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Where does one begin when attempting to describe an artistic work of true genius? What did the first art critic say after seeing Leo¡¦s Mona Lisa?

Words cannot do justice to this celluloid epic brought to us by the mastermind who also brought to us Kevin Costner playing baseball in a movie.

Let us begin at the beginning. Just see the movie. Stop whatever you are doing right now, and go watch the movie. If you have already seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it again.

There, that was easy, was it not? Now, the role of the reviewer remains, so we must at least attempt to describe to others, those who have not experienced this work of cinematic excellence how exactly their lives are incomplete for not having experienced it.

Perhaps what stands out most amongst the incomprehensible joy that is this film is the brilliant cast of characters immortalized here in. Blue Chips gave us Nick Nolte in all of his post-48 Hours pre-mug shot glory, back when he was still believable as a human being. Nolte stars as Pete Bell, a generic Bob Knight in a Season on the Brink who eventually decides to cast his lot in with the Pete Carrolls and John Calliparis of the coaching world and start recruiting a little more creatively. But that is just a drop in the bucket of the fictional world this film encompasses.

It gave us Ricky Roe, the farmboy moron with the heart of gold (and a daddy who needs a new tractor). It gave us Neon Bordeaux; that born-on-the-bayou conglomeration of superhuman athletic prowess and a happy go-lucky attitude towards his own illiteracy that makes it a little bit easier to overlook the sad state of poor rural and/or inner city school systems in the United States. It gave us Butch McRae, a Magic Johnson 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The other side of collegiate athletics March 5, 2007
Format:DVD
Being involved in collegiate and high school coaching, I tend to go back and watch this film from time to time to remind me of what sports is all about. If you're a coach, it's about your devotion to your program and to your kids that you coach. It's the job, it's the challenge. It's the same as teaching a class of Math or History to a bunch of kids. The point is to teach them to become better at what they do and to also make them better on everything outside of the game itself.

If you're a ballplayer, it's about your devotion to the game and to yourself and to your team. You're as good as your team and it is up to you to understand the philosophy being taught in the game. The game doesn't just teach you about becoming a better ball player. The game teaches you about leadership, teamwork, decision-making, and responsibility. Whether you succeed at the game or not, you succeed in all other aspects involved.

Blue Chips is about how critical it can become at times to make right decisions at all levels of athletics. Whether you're the president of the college, the athletic director, a booster, a coach, or even a player, the decisions you make can have considerable effects and consequences for the overall integrity of the sport, your school, and career. Without going into too much detail about the movie, Blue Chips deals with under the table financing of high school players by boosters and people close to the college, in hopes of wooing these standouts to sign with the program. All levels of the program are involved in this true-to-life tale of deception, greed, and moral judgment.

I will disagree with other reviewers about the cast. I will argue that to tell the true story of this side of collegiate athletics, it would be normal to use actual athletes that were "larger than life" at the time. Overall, a good movie to watch if you enjoy the sports genre.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Need to be able to watch on Android format.
Love the movie Amazon- Let us watch our movies on Android based format, then 5 stars!
Published 26 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gritty performance by Nolte. He's channeling his inner Bob Knight here.
Published 1 month ago by John Avgoustis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Always love seeing Tark!
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by David Hatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars What is the price to win?
Rare film about the hidden business of college basketball recruiting. All-star cast including big-name ballers and Hollywood actors. Suspenseful and dramatic.
Published 2 months ago by mitzila valdes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ANOTHER EXCELLANT SPORTS MOVIE FOR MY COLLECTION..100%
Published 2 months ago by Shawn A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Basketball Movie
Nick Nolte plays Pete Bell, a man pressured to win at all costs by the alumnae, his boss and the populace of Western University. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars college basketball
Story of a college basketball coach who has to recruit players, get them able to attend school, have a winning team, and deal with school officials. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see film.
A true clasic film. You can watch it over and over again. It never gets old. This is a must see film.
Published 4 months ago by roni jesselson
1.0 out of 5 stars Filthy
Story was o k but the the language was filthy. I threw it away. I hope young people skip the movie.
Published 5 months ago by Jo Patterson
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