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A college basketball coach leaves the Navy in 1951 and becomes coach of an underdog Indiana high-school team.
One of the most rousingly enjoyable sports movies ever made, this small-town drama tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championship tournament. It's a familiar story, but sensitive direction and a splendid screenplay helped make this one of the best films of 1986, highlighted by the superb performances of Gene Hackman as the Huskers' coach, and Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper as the alcoholic father of one of the team's key players. As the drama unfolds we come to realize that many of the characters (including Barbara Hershey as a schoolteacher with whom Hackman falls in love) are recovering from disappointing setbacks, and this depth of character is what makes the otherwise conventional basketball story so richly rewarding. Like Rocky, Rudy, and Breaking Away, this is a quintessentially American movie about beating the odds and rising above one's own limitations. Just try to watch it without cheering! --Jeff Shannon
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If you know the great Gene Hackman movie "Hoosiers" then there is no point in reviewing the title here. For my money its the best basketball movie ever and is solidly in the running as one of, if not THE greatest sports movie of all time. Yes, it's good.
Video clarity is, imho, the BEST this movie has ever looked on home cinema. There is some evidence of digital noise reduction that wipes out some of the film grain, especially in darker scenes. BUT, the movie looks great over all and as stated previously, better than it ever has for home video. Sound reproduction is not quite as polished and sounds are clear, but lack the "Field of depth" that some movies offer with really immersive sound tracks.
For those who have never seen the movie, watch it, and this is the best version I have yet seem of the movie.
But as super as it was to see the deleted scenes for the first time, the "Hoosiers History: The Truth Behind the Legend" may be the best feature of the collector's edition. It's a mesmerizing behind the scenes look at how the movie came to be, intermixed with the real story of the Milan, Indiana team winning the Indiana state basketball championship in 1954. There's a great discussion with David Anspaugh (director), Angelo Pizzo (writer), and Carter DeHaven (producer), with movie characters like Maris Valanis ("Jimmy Chitwood") and the real people like Bobby Plump, who made the winning shot. And you can see film footage of the actual winning shot in 1954.
Like I said, this is an absolute must-have DVD for Hoosiers fans.
Great story from beginning to end and it's on my top 100 movies you need to see before you pass onto the next life.
His playing 4 players. I think more coaches should do this. If you're unhappy with the collective attitude of your team, put 2 guys out there so 1 can take out the ball. May be difficult getting the ball into the other guy though. I think that's as low as you can go. Or is there a rule that if you can't put 5 guys on the floor you have to forfeit? At least in some leagues? There shouldn't be. Less than 5 is cool.
Measuring the height of the basket. It was a good idea. Show that it still are the same court conditions. Coach was still impressed with the size of the arena.
Giving it to Jimmy (that's the star player, right?) at the end. Ok, this is one criticism of his coaching. The other team was defending man-to-man. So the fact that they knew it was going to him was irrelevant if they weren't going to at least double team him, which they didn't do. Perhaps he thought they would, but still, just give him the dang ball.
Other stuff too, but you know the movie. It's good. Watch it again.
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