Blue Chips


Time Out says

This hard-hitting college basketball drama (unreleased in UK cinemas) marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin. The movie has parallels with the documentary Hoop Dreams: both use the fate of promising young players to criticise capitalist structures. Heading an exceptionally strong cast, Nolte is magnificent as the team coach Pete Bell: a wounded, angry bear of a man. He loves the game, but under pressure from the college authorities to produce a winning team, he's tempted to bend the rules, to bribe three youngsters to sign for Western Uni. The pithy script is by Ron (White Men Can't Jump) Shelton, and Friedkin gets in so close to the games you feel on court yourself. Highly recommended.


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

William Friedkin
Ron Shelton
Nick Nolte
Mary McDonnell
JT Walsh
Shaquille O'Neal
Alfre Woodard
Ed O'Neill
Bob Cousy
Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway
Matt Nover
Larry Bird
Lou Gossett Jr
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