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Hoosiers tells the true story of a group of underdogs who become champions. Set in the 1950s, Hoosiers is about a hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach (Gene Hackman) who gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team. Facing resentment from the community and the team itself, Hackman manages to inspire his young athletes, leading them to the state championship with the help of the assistant coach (Dennis Hopper), who happens to be a recovering alcoholic. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hackman is wonderful as an inarticulate man tense with the struggle to curb a flaring, mysterious anger."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Basketball movies don't get any better."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An enjoyable, if conventional and manipulative small-town sports melodrama, boasting strong turns from Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, who received his only acting nomination for his part."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The filmmakers are at the top of their game."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"It should come as little surprise that this solid, sentimental movie about basketball is set in Indiana, where babies are given roundballs before they get rattles."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Shameless, yes, but open your eyes, close your mind, sit back and enjoy."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Pic belongs to Hackman, but Dennis Hopper gets another opportunity to put in a showy turn as a local misfit."
‑ , Variety
"A tale of heroic sportsmanship."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"[A] compelling, enjoyable yarn."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Barely a single frame of this movie is less than compelling."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Bobby Knight would not be amused, though Tark the Shark might've had a good laugh at the naive masquerade."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Cloyingly nostalgic."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The kind of corny and manipulative pic that makes me glad I'm not a basketball fan."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The setting in early 1950s Indiana adds nice texture to the story, but the endless games with the usual ups and downs outstay their welcome."
‑ , Film4
"...it's easy enough to see why Hoosiers has become one of the most endearing sports movies in cinematic history."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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