Docudrama | English | 115 minutes
Hoosiers is based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 Indiana state championship. Norman Dale, a former college basketball coach with a tarnished reputation, arrives in small-town Hickory, Indiana to coach the high school basketball team. He is immediately faced with a fractious group of players and a teacher, Myra Fleener, who convinces the star player to quit the team and focus on his studies. Dale appoints his friend, the school principal, Cletus Summers, to be his assistant. When Summers has a heart attack, Dale reluctantly hires Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch, a player’s alcoholic father, to be the new assistant. In the face of community distrust and a divided team, Dale perseveres in his efforts to create a championship team, and, more importantly, repair his reputation.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 89%
- Metacritic Score: 76
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Dennis Hopper); Best Music, Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Dennis Hopper)
- American Cinema Editors: Nominated, Best Edited Feature Film (Carroll Timothy O’Meara)
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HOOSIERS is a comeback movie, but it’s not simply about the comeback of this small high school team, the Hickory Huskers. It’s also about the comeback of their coach, a mysterious middle-age guy named Norman Dale, who seems to be too old and too experienced to be coaching in an obscure backwater like Hickory.
Hackman anchors the movie with a performance of remarkable control. You see his hurt in his glances at his shoes, his little phony chuckles; you can feel him carrying his secret; it’s a rage held together with rubber bands.
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