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Directed By
David Anspaugh

Written By:
Angelo Pizzo

Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, David Neidorf, Sheb Wooley, Fern Parsons, Brad Boyle, Steve Hollar, Brad Long

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Hoosiers (1986)
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Movie Review by Derringer
September 12th, 2008



I'm definitely no Basketball fan. No way, Jose. I would've never thought that I'd actually enjoy HOOSIERS as much as I did. But I did. I sure did. I even viewed it for a 2nd time.

I think that a big part of HOOSIERS' appeal is that the story is based (loosely) on actual events that surrounded a real Basketball Championship set back in 1956. This championship involved highschool teams from the state of Indiana. Back in the 50's even highschool basketball was taken very, very seriously. I really enjoy films of this sort. I mean, at least there's some truth behind it all.

In HOOSIERS the highschool basketball team that eventually won this particular state championship came from the fictitious town of Hickory. Hickory Highschool was, literally, the smallest highschool in the entire state of Indiana with an attendance of only 64 boys. The team's name was The Huskers and it housed about 6 really excellent players. The Huskers were floundering terribly, though, due to their present coach's laziness and inability to drive the team to reach its full potential. No one took The Huskers seriously. The Huskers usually lost more games than they'd win.

Then along comes the new coach played superbly by GENE HACKMAN. He moves right in and takes over coaching The Huskers full-time. He realizes immediately the potential of these boys and, literally, drives them and himself to near exhaustion to prove that, sure enough, they have what it takes. And they do. With a number of disappointing set-backs to contend with the coach's efforts eventually pay off and The Huskers make Indiana Basketball History.

There are some absolutely exhilarating moments in HOOSIERS. I got caught up in a lot of it, myself. I mean, I actually found myself cheering for The Huskers when they finally began to play 'real' basketball. They were virtually unbeatable once they learned how to play as a team. Their winning streak was phenomenal.

HOOSIERS' screenplay was written by ANGELO PIZZO. It was directed by DAVID ANSPAUGH. Both these men, who understood the wonders of youth and basketball, worked closely together to produce a literal labor of love about highschool basketball set nostalgically back in the good, ol' 50's.

SPECIAL NOTE: For anyone who's interested in reading the real story that inspired HOOSIERS, then check out GREG GUFFEY's well-researched book called 'THE GREATEST BASKETBALL STORY EVER TOLD'. It's certainly worth a read and it contains an excellent photo section showcasing the real team that made Indiana Basketball History.

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Movie Addict
Sep 15, 2008 10:50 AM
I am not a big sports fan, but I love sports movies. This is one that I never get tired of watching. I must have seen it at least two dozen times. Hackman is fabulous.
Oct 8, 2008 6:19 PM
2 dozen times!! Wow!

You know, I think I'll watch it again, myself.
Movie Addict
Oct 8, 2008 8:52 PM
It never gets old.

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