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Hoosiers (2 DVD Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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THIS UPLIFTING CROWD-PLEASER FOLLOWS AN UNORTHODOX HIGH SCHOOLBASKETBALL COACH AND THE LOCAL DRUNK ON AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY ASTHEY LEAD THEIR UNDERDOG TEAM ALL THE WAY TO THE STATECHAMPIONSHIP.
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.
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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Tells the true story of a small-town basketball team that plays against schools from larger cities. Exciting.Published 14 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