Based on the incredible true story of how a small-town high school's basketball team became Indiana State Champs in 1954. This film follows the controversial outsider who came to town to teach high school history and coach basketball and who was not afraid to make big waves in a small pond. Academy Award Nominations: Best Supporting Actor--Dennis Hopper, Best Original Score.
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Eugene Alder - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
David Neidorf - American Supporting Actor
Dennis Hopper - American actor/director
David Anspaugh - American Film/TV Director
Barbara Hershey - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Herzstein - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Seagull - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Basketball is king in the small town of Hickory, Indiana, so local residents are outraged when the new coach makes a few unorthodox choices concerning the high school team. But the coach's mixture of patience and toughness eventually wins over the town, and succeeds in delivering the athletes to the state championship.
Shot in CFI color. Additional cast: Fern Persons (Opal Fleener), Brad Boyle (Whit), Steve Hollar (Rade), Brad Long (Buddy), Kent Poole (Merle), Wade Schenck (Ollie), Scott Summers (Strap), and Maris Valainis (Jimmy).
"...Irresistible....HOOSIERS is about as sweetly unself-conscious as a film can be..." - 02/27/1987 New York Times, p.C10
"...HOOSIERS is an involving tale....[The] lensing is excellent....[The] score is engaging and uncharacteristically throbbing..." - 10/15/1986 Variety
"...It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on..." - 12/11/1986 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...There's lots to like..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.128
"Immensely enjoyable....For those viewers who have dreamed of sinking that last big shot, or get misty-eye when their favorite team wins it all, HOOSIERS will look like a masterpiece." - 03/01/2005 Premiere, p.114