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Nominated for two Oscars® and hailed by Sports Illustrated and ESPN as one of the best sports movies of all time, Hoosiers is a triumphant tale of a high school basketball team's long-shot attempt to win the state championship. Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and breathless excitement, Hoosiers featuring "fast-break cinematography that catches the pace of the game" (The Washington Post) and powerful performances from Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers is "a winner" (Boxoffice)!


  • Gene Hackman
  • Barbara Hershey
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Sheb Wooley
  • Fern Persons
  • Chelcie Ross
  • Robert Swan
  • Michael O'Guinne
  • Wil Dewitt
  • John Robert Thompson

Did You Know?


  • Inspired in part by the 1954 Indiana state champs, the Milan Indians.
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  • During the championship game, footage of the same alley-oop layup by Jimmy Chitwood is shown twice, from slightly different angles. The first one happens with about 4 minutes left in the game. The second occurs after a steal by Walker, making the score South Bend 40, Hickory 38.
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    • [to player who is praying]
    • Coach Norman Dale: Strap, God wants you on the floor.
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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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]

Metacritic review by Peter Stack
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today