Hoosiers (1986)

Nominated for two Oscars (R) 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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 14, 1986
DVD Release Date: December 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may adhere to the sports underdog formula, but Hoosiers has been made with such loving craft, and features such excellent performances, that it's hard to resist.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Hackman is wonderful as an inarticulate man tense with the struggle to curb a flaring, mysterious anger.

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James Berardinelli

Basketball movies don't get any better.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Shameless, yes, but open your eyes, close your mind, sit back and enjoy.

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Pic belongs to Hackman, but Dennis Hopper gets another opportunity to put in a showy turn as a local misfit.

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Randy White
Common Sense Media

A tale of heroic sportsmanship.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Bobby Knight would not be amused, though Tark the Shark might've had a good laugh at the naive masquerade.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Cloyingly nostalgic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The kind of corny and manipulative pic that makes me glad I'm not a basketball fan.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Hoosiers is one of the finest sports dramas that have ever been made. The film managed to set the standard for all to follow. I've seen my fair share of… More
Manu Gino
They needed a second chance to finish first. Good decent basketball film. Dennis Hopper was actually nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for this… More
Melvin White
Coach Norman Dale: Welcome to Indiana basketball.  "They needed a second chance to finish first." Hoosiers is one of the most manipulative films… More
Kevin M. Williams
by the numbers sports movie ("hey, we didn't have a chance, but through work and forgetting our many differences ... we win! we win!") with… More
Jim Careter
Hoosiers is an incredible sports film and my #2 favorite sports film of all time (behind Rudy).
Spencer S.
It would have been another typical sports movie of the underdogs in the big league if there wasn't so much tension, drama, insecurity over whether this… More