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Hoosiers (1986)Hoosiers (1986)

Hoosiers (1986)

An old school basketball underdog story with memorable turns from Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper

Drama, Family

7.1

movie

United States of America
English
Easy, Feel-Good, Heart-warming
1986
David Anspaugh
Barbara Hershey, Chelcie Ross, David Neidorf
114 min

Synopsis

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High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.

Our Take

7.1
The Staff

Bearing pretty much every trademark you’ve come to expect from a sports drama, Hoosiers might not bring as many surprises to the formula but it still makes all its moves with a surplus of heart. Elevating the already entertaining basketball footage is Gene Hackman’s uncommonly hotheaded coach and (Oscar-nominated) Dennis Hopper’s town drunk—both of whom deepen this film’s story of hometown pride into one of midlife redemption. Hickory, Indiana comes to life as a character in itself, where local sports are treated with as much reverence as politics and religion, which makes every basket feel that much more like a victory lap.

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