• Hoosiers (1986)


Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 1997

PG |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town. After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.

Cast: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley, Fern Persons, Brad Boyle, Steve Hollar, Brad Long

Director: David Anspaugh

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Hemdale Film Corporation [us]

Keywords: Small town, Underdog, Rise, Competition, Father, Inspiring, Heartwarming, 1950s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    The pieces of the drama are put forth like the shapes of the five fingers of a hand, and finally they find a kind of awkward unity that was predictable from the start. And yet, the gesture of it all is utterly captivating, the way a dream would be if it ever really came true. [27 Feb 1987, Daily Datebook, p.74]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In the way it combines sports with human nature, it reminded me of another wonderful Indiana sports movie, "Breaking Away." It's a movie that is all heart. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role