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A basketball coach with a checkered past leads him to a last-chance position with a last-chance team.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2000]
ISBN: 9780792843597
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 20, 2020

IMO - "Hoosiers" is one of those "based-on-a-true-story" movies that is certain to appeal to a wide range of viewers, whether they happen to be fans of the sport of basketball, or not.

"Hoosiers" is pretty basic and simple storytelling that dispenses with any overblown pretensions or many unwelcome filler scenes.

Yep. This entertaining picture (from 1986) doesn't waste any time about getting right down to the very nitty-gritty behind the reason why the Hickory Huskers made basketball history back in 1956.

Feb 10, 2020

Now, I would never say that I was, in fact, a basketball fan. No way.

But, even so - I did find that "Hoosiers" certainly had enough going in its favor that it actually did manage to hold my interest for a good part of the time.

I'd say that "Hoosiers" greatest appeal was that its story was based on "real-life" events that had catapulted an underdog, high-school basketball team into Indiana State champs back in 1956.

If you are a basketball fan - Then - I'm sure that "Hoosiers" will be a satisfying movie-experience for you, all around.

Dec 19, 2019

This film has long been a favorite in my family. My parents loved it when I was a kid, and had me watch it with them more than once. Watching it as an adult, its beauty holds up very well. An excellent story about hard work and determination to achieve your goals.

Quite possibly my only qualm about the film is the romance between Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey's characters. One, it didn't really go anywhere (though there is a deleted scene that helped to wrap it up a little more), and two, it really wasn't necessary. Coach Dale and Myra Fleener's sparring early in the film and then morphing into friendship would have fit the film's tone a lot better, and indeed, that's the way it was for practically all of the film until they shoved the kiss scene in there.

Still, that aside, this is an excellent sports film. A little bit of language and showing of alcohol abuse, but other than that, it's a great film for the whole family.

🏀 They're called Hoosiers because they ask prospective dates, "Who's your daddy?" in case they're related.

Jan 14, 2018

The whole family enjoyed this movie, and it had a good message about persevering. Parents will want to be aware there is some language, as well as the depiction of alcohol abuse by one of the player's dad. The movie is worth watching, but watch it with your kids so you can talk about it afterward.

Mar 21, 2017

One of the greatest if not the best sports movie made ~420

Aug 01, 2016

In Hoosiers, the high school basketball team that eventually wins the state championship came from the fictitious town of Hickory. Hickory High was, literally, the smallest high school in the entire state of Indiana with an attendance of only 64 boys.

The team's name was The Huskers and it housed about 6 really excellent players. The Huskers were floundering terribly, though, due to their present coach's laziness and inability to drive the team to reach its full potential. No one took The Huskers seriously. The Huskers usually lost more games than they'd win.

Then along comes the new coach (played superbly by Gene Hackman). He moves right in and takes over coaching The Huskers, full-time. He realizes immediately the potential of these boys and, literally, drives them and himself to near exhaustion to prove that, sure enough, they have what it takes.... And they do.

With a number of disappointing set-backs to contend with - The coach's efforts eventually pay off and The Huskers make Indiana Basketball History.

Aug 01, 2016

To be honest, I'm definitely no Basketball fan. No way, Jose.... I would've never thought that I'd actually enjoy watching Hoosiers as much as I did. But I did. I sure did. In fact, I even viewed it for a 2nd time.

I think that a big part of Hoosiers' appeal is that its story is based (loosely) on actual events that surrounded a real Basketball Championship set back in 1956. This championship involved high school teams in the state of Indiana. It seems that back in the 1950s even high school basketball was taken very, very seriously.

To be sure, there were some absolutely exhilarating moments in Hoosiers. I got caught up in a lot of it, myself. I actually found myself cheering for The Hickory Huskers when they finally began to play "real" basketball and beat the pants off of their opponents.... (*Watch video trailer*)

*Special Note* - For anyone who's interested in reading the real story that inspired Hoosiers, then check out Greg Guffey's well-researched book called "The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told". Believe me, it's a worthwhile read and it contains an excellent photo section, showcasing the real team that made Indiana Basketball History. VPL has a copy.

May 23, 2016

"Hoosiers" would not be a brilliant movie without Gene Hackman. He is wonderful as a small town high school basketball coach. Everything we have come to know about a small town seems to come true. They live for the local sports teams and nothing makes them prouder than seeing them win over a larger school. "Hoosiers" will make you cheer from your seat and become a member of the small town supporters of "Hickory High Basketball"!

May 12, 2015

Even if basketball isn't your thing, this is an excellent movie on so many levels. Totally recommend it!

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