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Hoosiers
ID:
1986
Comments:
Director: David Anspaugh
Screenplay: Angelo Pizzo
Producer: John Daly
Cast: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley, Fern Persons
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 114
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  MGM (Video & DVD) DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Mar 2005 Discs:  2 (DVD) [$19.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  One of the most rousingly enjoyable sports movies ever made, this small-town drama tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championship tournament. It's a familiar story, but sensitive direction and a splendid screenplay helped make this one of the best films of 1986, highlighted by the superb performances of Gene Hackman as the Huskers' coach, and Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper as the alcoholic father of one of the team's key players. As the drama unfolds we come to realize that many of the characters (including Barbara Hershey as a schoolteacher with whom Hackman falls in love) are recovering from disappointing setbacks, and this depth of character is what makes the otherwise conventional basketball story so richly rewarding. Like "Rocky", "Rudy," and "Breaking Away", this is a quintessentially American movie about beating the odds and rising above one's own limitations. Just try to watch it without cheering! "--Jeff Shannon"


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