Hoosiers (1986) - Drama, Sport

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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.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: David Anspaugh
Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 27 out of 150 found boring (18%)

One-line Reviews (72)

If the end is not difficult to guess, still it is a thrilling emotional journey.

The story is all cliché and proud of it.

The movie looks beautiful with crisp cinematography and scenery and the basketball sequences are stunning.

The ending was a predictable as the sunrise in Tahiti and as usual, was a rip-off of THE LONGEST YARD.

"Rocky" was formulaic in many ways, but it had quirky characters who were developed, surprising and compelling scenes, and passionate dialogue.

Their shot at the championship is theirs for feeling significant and happy and accepting the banal normality of their life.

One other strong point about the movie, the late, great Jerry Goldsmith's adrenaline pumping music heightens the emotion of the game scenes down the stretch.

He has a few skeletons in his closet and the film handles this cliché well.

good but repetitive .

Into this enjoyable but predictable formula, fortunately, you have a lot of great characters.

We love underdogs and want to see an upset"This is from Stephen Denny's "Killing Giants", a fascinating book drawing many parallels between business competition and the sports world, insisting that while anyone can be small size-wise, there's no such a thing as a small player, it's even the most enviable position as you've got to beat the odds as well as the opponent.

The stories of a drunk ex-basketball star being given a chance to be an assistant coach and a star player who won't join the team until he respects the coach are also, on the surface, compelling.


Wikipedia's list of differences between reality and "Hoosiers" is very long.

Everybody, especially those who live in the Midwest, will love this movie about an intense coach (Gene Hackman) with a questionable reputation who finds himself in a small Indiana town faced with the unenviable task of turning around tiny Hickory High's 8-man basketball team.

throw in a cheesy undeveloped romance and some opposition from some redneck townspeople and you've got the blueprint for years of predictable sports movies to come.

In short, this movie is way too formulaic and unsurprising to be great.

Every cliché, from the triumphant music fanfares to the slow motion, game winning jump shots to the exultant crowd scenes, is as familiar as an old pair of gym sneakers, which is sure to be a reassuring comfort to some viewers.

So, actually, while the game seems kind of slow in this film, it's really a lot faster than they usually played it back then.

So if you are bored on a sunday afternoon, especially if it is the dead of autumn...

In my opinion this movie was touching, but very, very, repetitive.

A typical sports drama is predictable and inspirational.

A formulaic sports movie, "Hoosiers" stars Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper as a couple of maladjusted men who coach a small town basketball team.

Well, the movie is so predictable you'd have figured that out anyway.

You just end up pulling for the team and the players the whole time so even though it's pretty formulaic for a sports movie it does it very well, it's a great sports movie that's great for the whole family.

The film keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if this team will ever amount to anything.

A stunning portrait of Indiana basketball...

Clichéd and mushy - but very enjoyable .

That was the philosophy of "Rudy" as well, something that transcended the banal goal of victory and make sport the real star of the film.

Jerry Goldsmith's score is rousing, memorable, and catchy.

Coupled with great location shooting, a rousing musical soundtrack, outstanding action sequences, and the tried and true "underdog" plot, Hoosiers gives the viewer that winning combination that we all so enjoy.

Sadly, the story is too formulaic and devoid of drama.

I can't wait to get home, rinse my eyes with thumbtacks, and watch The Dog Whisperer until I fall asleep.

Ho hum.

Too formulaic to be great .

Everything here, story wise, is stuff we've seen before in countless other sports movies but every cliché comes off as fresh and original here and in the end you've got a rather remarkable tale of second chances and hope no matter how small you are.

The state's love of basketball is something special, and despite the lack of story, the film still portrays the heart of basketball country very well.

Formulaic drivel .

Delightfully entertaining.


exciting sports drama .

Defending the film's formulaic nature by saying it's based on a true story just doesn't cut it because it is NOT close to being non-fiction.

Delightfully entertaining.

The cinematography is beautiful and breathtaking, capturing the local community and nature with wonderful shots of being alone in mid America.

Perhaps that's why a lot of reviewers who are negative on the picture see it only as a cliché ridden story in which the underdog comes out on top as was expected all along.

This makes the film's basketball scenes quite boring to watch because of how little we care for the players.

While Hoosiers is fun, I can think of many other sports movies that are way more entertaining and inspirational.

Gene Hackman delivers an engaging acting as is backed by a good supporting cast such as Barbara Hershey , Whooley , Sassone and Chelcie Roos .

"Hoosiers," though, didn't thoroughly develop characters like Jimmy and the assistant coach played by Dennis Hopper, dealt superficially with subplots, and had dialogue that had the feel of trite coach sportspeak rather than moving in-depth conversations.

I also found the plot to be predictable and overdone.

Hackman played the coach and he gave a funny yet motivational performance and kept the film entertaining.

Barbara Hershey is complex and fascinating; the ball players break your heart; Gene Hackman wisely does not try to be likable, instead bleeding loss and hope from his scuffed leather jacket.

And while the basketball scenes and locker room talks tend to become cliché, the movie's secondary plot of Hopper finding himself with his son more than makes up for it.

The film is comprised of many games, and in the hands of a hack, it might have become tiresome.

The game action is well simulated, but it seems too calculated and predictable to create true excitement.

Not Very Good, boring actually .

My uncle was one of the 'Good ol' Boys' and the inside stories they told about the event and the stars was exciting.

Jerry Goldsmith's score is very evocative, the film is sharply directed, the script has a perfect balance and the story is heart-warming and snappily paced.

The romance never captured my attention, and neither did the basketball "action," which was altogether too predictable.

A real heart stopper, and an entertaining story with a good lesson.

One that measures success by the hard work and perseverance that goes into boring, repetitive practice that produces successful shots, kicks, and goals into something that becomes second nature.

Human relationships are as complicated and intense in rural America as they are anywhere else.

The second time, I managed to view it simply as it is as opposed to my original expectations and I enjoyed it much more.

The basketball scenes are realistic, the characters are compelling, and the music is the best accompanying score of any movie in its genre.

This film is entertaining, well-written, and definitely one that will get you cheering for the team!

I am not into basketball, I find it rather bland with no real coaching needing.

Though the outcome is predictable, the way in which the story is told still holds some surprises.

Sentimental plot stretches Hollywood manipulation , but is still entertaining .

Maybe part of the reason I found it so tiresome is that I'm not a fan of basketball.

It's, on the surface, an exciting movie depicting a shorthanded boys basketball team from a tiny high school that is inspired to overachieve by a middle-aged coach seeking redemption.

But the plot is totally predictable.

Likable and enjoyable plot about a team and the coach , both of them face the dual challenge of bringing the players to the state championship and redeeming themselves .