Hoosiers

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76

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  • Summary: A man (Hackman) gets a last-chance job coaching a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team and faces the dual challenge of bringing this underdog team to the 1951 state championship and redeeming himself from a mysterious past. (MGM)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    100
    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]
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    100
    It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. [11 Dec 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
  3. 100
    Hackman anchors the movie with a performance of remarkable control. You see his hurt in his glances at his shoes, his little phony chuckle; you can feel him carrying his secret -- it's a rage held together with rubber bands. This is the Hackman of "The Conversation," not "The French Connection." [27 Feb 1987, Style, p.c1]
  4. This film's very lack of surprise and sophistication accounts for a lot of its considerable charm.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    There is enough intelligence and craftsmanship in the execution of Hoosiers to make it seem, if not exactly fresh, at least respectably entertaining. [27 Feb 1987, Friday, p.A]
  6. The film clearly functions as wish-fulfillment for the kind of people who are nostalgic about all-white basketball, leaving a nasty aftertaste.
  7. 30
    What matters most is feeding white-bread fantasies (the film is set in the slow-footed 50s, when blacks are only a rumor and nobody's ever heard of slam 'n' jam) and laying on the inspirational corn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    A small high school in a little town in rural Indiana, a broken down coach, a former player now the town drunk; doesn't sound like the makingsA small high school in a little town in rural Indiana, a broken down coach, a former player now the town drunk; doesn't sound like the makings of a classic. As with most "down on their luck" movies, everyone gets a second chance. And this movie is special because most take that second chance and succeed. At the end of the movie, you see a photo on the wall of the real coach and players. What! you mean this is a true story! I don't have many DVDs but this one is in my collection. Expand
  2. Ryan
    Jan 18, 2006
    10
    Sweet movie. One you can watch over and over.
  3. JanaB.
    Jan 29, 2007
    10
    This movie is the best sports movie ever!
  4. Oct 28, 2013
    8
    Really good film overall. Gene Hackman is fantastic in the lead role and truly makes this movie. Other than that, it pretty much follows theReally good film overall. Gene Hackman is fantastic in the lead role and truly makes this movie. Other than that, it pretty much follows the sports movie formula, but does it so well that you can ignore the carbon copy of a plot. Easy to see why this one is a classic. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2012
    3
    I don't care what anyone says. I couldn't wait for this to end. Hackneyed, corny and unrewarding.

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