When a college basketball coach (Nick Nolte) has his first losing season, he must decide between his personal sense of values and the value of a winning team. Does he "buy" hot prospects and win, only to lose his self-respect? Featuring cameo appearances by real-life basketball legends Bobby Knight, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and co-starring Shaquille O'Neal as "the find."
J.T. Walsh - Prolific character actor
Matt Nover - Athlete
William Friedkin - Oscar winning American director, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway - BASKETBALL PLAYER/GUARD
Shaquille O'Neal - Basketball Star/Actor/Rapper
Shaq - Basketball Star/Actor/Rapper
Ed O'Neill - American Actor, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
Alfre Woodard - American actress
Nick Nolte - American actor, AFFLICTION
Mary McDonnell - American actor, DANCES WITH WOLVES/BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
In the wide world of sports, college athletics is a high-powered game unto itself, plagued by political corruption, financial coercion and academic dishonesty. Such are the issues confronting dedicated coach Pete Bell who has come to the realization that no matter what he does, his team of underdogs can't win -- at least not without some new talent. After issuing a national search, Pete makes prospective players promises he knows he can't keep. Though he despises what he has to do, the new recruits prove worth their weight in gold and the answer to all coach Pete's prayers.
William Friedkin, award winning director of "The French Connection" was born in Chicago. He began making films and documentaries in his native city. After directing a number of comedies and a film with Sonny & Cher he made "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist." "Blue Chips" was directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin from a screenplay written by executive producer Ron Shelton and Michele Rappaport. Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard's addition credits include: "Cross Creek," "Passion Fish," "Grand Canyon" " Scrooged," "Bopha!," "Hearts and Souls," "Miss Firecracker" and "Remember My Name." Six-time Emmy-nominee and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. He made his acting debut when he was 17. Some of his film credits include: "Return to Lonesome Dove," "Father & Sons: Dangerous Relations," "Sudie & Simpson," " Gideon Oliver" and "Roots: The Gift." Screenwriter Ron Shelton, has written many sports related scripts including: "White Men Can't Jump" and "Bull Durham." Most of the actors/players are real college basketball players, cast for their abilities as actors and talented players. TM & Copyright 1994 Paramount Pictures.
"...[Shelton and Friedkin] give BLUE CHIPS a vigor that works well even for the sports-impaired....Scrappy and exciting almost all the way through..." - 02/18/1994 New York Times, p.C17
"...Realistic touches....The cast is full of real players..." - 02/18/1994 USA Today, p.5D
"...Gut-wrenching ethical gymnastics [for nonfans]...[and] jocks will delight in the movie's quick-cutting game sequences..." -- Rating: B+ - 08/19/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.68