Hoosiers [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's hard to argue with a lot of the complaints I've heard from others; the film is very Hollywood, with manipulative music, some clunky dialogue, heavy doses of sentimentality, etc
But, as a true story, it earns its happy ending. The story really was almost this dramatic in real life. And the bottom line is it is very effective and affecting film.
Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper are great, and the film is full of lots of nice touches of time, place, and character.
In the end I would argue, sometime Hollywood and well-intentioned schmaltz really, really works.
"In real life, Milan High School didn't come out of nowhere. The Indians had made the state semifinals the previous season. In reel life: The team that wins the championship is Hickory High. In real life: The team that won the championship is Milan High. There is no town of Hickory in Indiana. In reel life: Hickory wins the title in 1952. In real life: Milan won the title in 1954. In reel life: The previous coach dies, which is a crucial part of the plot -- the team's star player, Jimmy, doesn't play part of the season because he's so upset. In real life: The previous coach, Herman "Snort" Grinstead, who Bobby Plump (the real-life hero) said in an ESPN chat was "the most popular coach in Milan's history," was fired for ordering new uniforms against the superintendent's orders.
"In reel life: Coach Dale alienates just about everyone with his independence, and there is a town referendum on whether the school should keep Dale on as coach. In real life: Marvin Wood did face an uphill struggle, because he replaced Snort and changed both his offense and defense. But by the time the Milan Indians were playing their championship season, he had won the town over.Read more ›
A script extremely simple but fullfilled with conviction, well written with unforgettable shots in the battle field.
Gene Haxkman gives one of his most famous performances as the chief of the team. Dennis Hopper shows us why he was nominated in 1986 for this role as supporting actor. His performance is extraordinary. Hershey as always makes the perfect balance for Hackman showing his inner interpretative force.
This film has been choosen as one of the classical film for management approachs ; togeteher with Tunes of glory, Moby Dick , The bridge over Kwai river and Lawrence of Arabia.
So watch this; the film is much more than a famous fact in Indiana in 1952. It's a life lesson; the metaphor of David and Goliat is underlined.
If you think carefully , this film is very close in what its epic actitude concerns with Seabiscuit, that pearl of David Ross , nominated recently as best movie by the Academy.
Watch this movie and let this item be part of your DVD collection.
The plot of this film takes a few twists, but remains focused mostly on basketball. Hackman angers the basketball- crazy citizens of the town when he pulls some unusual coaching moves and loses the first two games of the season. He also raises some eyebrows when he hires the town drunk (played impeccably by Dennis Hopper, who received an Oscar nomination for his effort) as his assistant coach. Hackman makes this move to help Hopper gain confidence and get a new lease on life, but the locals think Hackman is too unorthodox for their tastes and they hold a town meeting to decide on whether or not to fire him from the job. Hackman survives and ultimately takes his team to the state finals and the championship game.
Hoosiers features some great music and a heartwarming story line that will keep viewers rooting for the underdog team, Hackman's Hickory Hucksters, all the way to the end of the film. The movie works on just about every level, with great drama and chemistry between the characters.Read more ›
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Tells the true story of a small-town basketball team that plays against schools from larger cities. Exciting.Published 8 months ago by ellison
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I lived in Milan,Indiana when this happened and if all that enjoyed the movie want the real story as told by Bobby Plump the hero just get the book "Bobby Plump Last of the... Read morePublished on July 18 2004
One of my all time favorite films, and the one that got me into LOVING Gene Hackman. And excellent adventure of an ex College basketball coach filling in the shoes of a small town... Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Doc Orr