The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 74):
7. “Hoosiers” (1986)
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
Gene Hackman—Coach Norman Dale
Barbara Heshey—Myra Fleener
Fern Persons—Opal Fleener
Wil Dewitt—Reveren Doty
John Robert Thompson—Sheriff Finley
Michael Sassone—Preacher Purl
Mike Dalzell--Mayor Carl
Calvert L. Welker—Junior
Eric Gilliom—J. June
Facts about the this movie:
*The announcer at the final game is Hilliard Gates, who announced the "real" game.
*The actual game was played between the Milan Indians and the Muncie Central Bearcats. For the movie, the South Bend Central Bears were the opponent. The true championship took place in 1954, not 1952 as in the movie, and the score was Milan 32, Muncie Central 30.
*The movie was renamed "Best Shot" in Europe because most Europeans wouldn't know what a Hoosier was.
*The actor who played Jimmy Chitwood (Maris Valainis) was the only player on the Hickory team not to play high school basketball. He did play college golf at Purdue his freshman year.
*An actual Milan Indian Guard, Ray Craft, was in the movie. Craft was the person that greeted the Huskers when they got to the state finals, and he also was the one that told Coach Dale that it was time to take the court before the state final.
*Maris Valainis was told that whether he made the last shot or not, people were going to rush the floor because of the need for a wide shot of the court. Luckily, he made it as shown in the movie.
*Jack Nicholson was the original choice to play Coach Norman Dale but had a schedule conflict. Told the producers he knew they were on a tight schedule to shoot, and if they found another actor to go ahead. If not, he could do it the next year. Gene Hackman then signed on for the part. (from the DVD bonus features)
*For the scene where Dennis Hopper walks onto the court drunk in the middle of the game, Hopper wanted a ten-second notice before calling action. At the ten-second notice, he spun around in circles until action was called, allowing him to stagger onto the court in an awkward fashion in order to appear drunk.
*The actor playing Ollie once left the set to watch his high school basketball team play. He was a junior on the team when he got the role and was feeling homesick, so he decided to go watch them. The crew had to contact his mother to get him to return.
*During one of the games, Hickory is shown playing Decatur. The Director was born in Decatur, Indiana.
*Jimmy Chitwood has only 4 lines of dialogue in the whole movie. He has 3 lines in the scene where Coach Dale wins the vote to keep his job, then "I'll make it" in the climactic game.
Why I Picked this movie #7:
1. Top three best sports film ever.
2. Awesome cast.
3. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
4. Awesome Script.
5. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
6. Movie theme is timeless.
7. Top five best based on a true story movies ever.
8. It will make you feel good and may give you the chills.
9. Great drama.
10. Awesome story
11. Great chemistry between Gene Hackman and the kids on the team.
12. Movie has a great big heart.
13. It has great heart string pulling moments.
14. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
15. Gene Hackman best movie from 1980’s
16. It is in the top 10 of best movies made in the 1980’s.
17. Best basketball movie ever made.
18. Dennis Hopper was simple brilliant.
19. How it is was to keep the realism in the movie and not lose it or go over the top with it.
20. Dennis Hopper and Gene Hackman were brilliant together.
21. Gene Hackman was simple brilliant. It just might be his best movie ever.
22. It make you want to love pureness of basketball.
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