Hoosiers

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Time Out says

Back in 1951, a hick high school basketball team could achieve self-respect just by getting into the State Finals. Or so this cloyingly nostalgic sports movie would have us believe. Hackman plays the belligerent coach who, in knocking the underdogs into shape, is absolved of his past sins. Actually, the film starts promisingly, with his entry into the tight-knit rural community complicated by suspicion and by his prickly relationship with fellow-teacher Hershey. There's also a brilliant cameo by Hopper as the sometime player turned town drunk whom Hackman redeems by taking him on as his assistant. However, once Hackman's uncompromising integrity lures the team's recalcitrant star player out of self-imposed retirement and the team hits a winning streak, it's just a case of going through the hoops.
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Release details

UK release:

1986

Duration:

115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Anspaugh

Cast:

Fern Persons, Sheb Wooley, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey, Gene Hackman, Chelcie Ross

Music:

Jerry Goldsmith

Production Designer:

David Nichols

Editor:

C Timothy O'Meara

Cinematography:

Fred Murphy

Screenwriter:

Angelo Pizzo

Producer:

Angelo Pizzo, Carter De Haven

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