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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!!"
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.
Somehow, this is still a great movie. Nick Nolte turns in a superb and convincing performance of a intense, once successful college basketball coach who is desperate to have a competitive team. The seemingly hopeless plight of his less-than-talented team leads him to "bend the rules" with the efficacy of catapulting his roster back to the summit of NCAA athletics.
This movie serves as a trenchant satire of what has become of modern college athletics. Bribery & special gifts to student athletes becomes a way for Nolte's university to entice the very best talent on the market. This modus-operandi has become all too common in the climate of college basketball (as well as college football). This movie is a powerful and introspective commentary on what has become a prevalent problem.
"Blue Chips" is a must movie for any fan of sports, as well as persons who are concerned with the goings-on of Intra-collegiate athletics. Besides Nolte's sensational perfomance, there are also some fun cameos of Rick Pitino, Larry Bird Bobby Knight & others. If the film didn't include Haradaway & O'Neal, it would be worthy of 5 stars, easy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Movie is great. But this comes as a full screen, not widescreen.Published 4 days ago by Vincent Johnson
When Rob Jeter is no longer the coach of the Milwaukee Panthers, I want Nick Nolte to come and play Pete Bell 24/7/365. We don't have a Happy Kuykendall so it's all good. Read morePublished 7 days ago by James R Lemke
Great movie for an amazing price. This basketball classic reminds you to play by the rules and not to let your ego get in the way of success.Published 3 months ago by Todd Karnofski