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Hoosiers (2 DVD Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Gene Hackman , Barbara Hershey , David Anspaugh    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Years Later...and Still a Great Story June 23 2004
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
How true-to-life is this immensely popular film? In an article written for ESPN Page 2, Jeff Merron notes a number of differences between the "real" story about a small Indiana high school which wins the state championship and the "reel" story which appears in the film directed by David Anspaugh, with Gene Hackman starring in a script written by Alvin Sargent. (The entire article can be accessed by visiting [...]) The significant differences noted by Merron include these:
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come on Hickory Huskers Team! May 21 2004
Format:DVD
This film is a winner. David Anspaugh made the best film of basket in all the story of the american cinema.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sports Entertainment! March 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Based on a true high school basketball Cinderella story that occurred in 1954 in Indiana, Hoosiers is a must- see film about a team of young men who are forced to adjust to a brand- new coach (played by Gene Hackman) who has been hired to lead the team following his own banishment from college basketball for physically hitting one of his players. The movie, set in rural Indiana in the early 1950's, starts out simply enough, with scenes of open fields and of Hackman driving into the small town and heading to the high school to meet with the principle and find out more about his new job.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest movies you will ever see Nov. 16 2003
Format:DVD
America is such an awesome place to live. One of the great things about America is the American Dream. Hoosiers is a masterpiece tale of an American Dream.
In 1954 the Hickory Hoosiers pulled off basketball history. They went all the way from that little home town to win the state championship in one of the greatest basketball states in the union. No small school had ever one before and the Hoosiers changed that. This is there awesome tail in one of the most powerful movies you will ever see.
Gene Hackman is great as Coach Dale. Hackman is one of the greatest living actors. He just becomes his charcters. When one of his charcters gets mad and he gets that tone in his voice I get goosebumps and just say wow. He's a powerful presence on screen. This is one of the greatest roles he ever played and I really thought he should have been Oscar nominated for it.
Dennis Hopper is great as the town drunk. He was one of my favorite characters in the movie. As the boys are doing the unthinkable on the court he does the unthinkable with his life. He stops drinking and starts acting like a man.
All the guys who played boys on the team were great. I liked the guy who played Jimmy a lot. High expectations were put on him with the film. He's believable as the country boy sharpshooter and he helps make the movie. I like the guy who plays Ollie. I have the VHS of Hoosiers and on the cover you see him on the shoulders of his teammates with his hands in the air. That's a beautiful scene. I also like the kid who played Hoopers son in the film. He does a good job with his character.
Hoosiers is a powerful film. It's a great cast and the basketball is great in the film. It's one of the best movies you will ever see and this is a film that everybody should see. It's one everybody should own, and I've never met a person who didn't like it. I cried in the movie. It's that good and I'm not afraid to admit that. You won't regret buying this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No summary required - a classic.
Published 2 months ago by MWM
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Expédition fiable et rapide. Très bon prix, merci beaucoup!
Published on Dec 23 2011 by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly effective, even if a little cliched
A movie I almost wish I loved less.

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... Read more
Published on April 22 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoosiers a real life story
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 more
Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was BETTER than 5-stars.........
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 more
Published on April 12 2004 by Doc Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
This is a must-have DVD for the sports enthusiast! Superb!
Published on Feb. 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Basketball "Good Guy" Wins Movie
This is a movie I saw many years ago advertised on television but its release in Australia was limited. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by Raymond Girvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Corny, yes, but also very good.
If I had read an outline of this story, I would probably have thought "too corny and unoriginal" and passed up on the movie. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Living It
I grew up in Indiana and am well-acquainted with the true story behind the 1954 State Championship from Milan. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Christopher Oler
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