Blue Chips

Synopsis: Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has pressures from all around.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): William Friedkin
Production: Paramount Home Video
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

You gotta bust him out.

All right. come on. now.

How bad can it get?

Just how goddamn bad can it get?

This is by far the worst team|that has ever sat in this locker room.

You son of a b*tches.|you don't deserve a locker room.

You don't deserve a locker room.|the way you're playing this year.

You should be playing|without uniforms.

You should be playing|in your jockstraps.

Goddamn it!

Every time we get ready to play.|I just wanna throw up.

I'm goddamn sick|of watching you guys play.

There's not one of you. not one of you.|that's learned how to win.

We got hammered the last four games.|and it stops right now!

If you keep playing|the way you're playing.

we're gonna get our ass|beat again tonight.

I'm so depressed|I don't even wanna talk about it.

I'm through fighting.|you sons of b*tches!

You're the dumbest team|I ever coached.

You guys think of something.

All right. guys. The guards-

Honest to Christ. I just wanna go home|and cry when I watch us play.

Don't you boys understand?

Don't you know how bad|I wanna see this team play?

I wanna see this team play|so f***ing bad. I can taste it.

Honest to Christ!

You boys. the only joy|I have right now

is I only have to watch you guys|play two more games.

Goddamn it!

All right. guys. let's start thinking|about the game.

Let's start thinking about|what we're gonna do out there.

I can't tell you how sick I am|of basketball right now.

I never thought I'd see the day

when Western basketball|is in the state it is right now.

If I never see another game in my life.|that's just fine by me.

Dwayne. you can get through|college half-assed.

Richard. you can get|through life half-assed.

But I'll guarantee you boys one thing.|Sure as hell. I'll guarantee you this:

You cannot win half-assed!

I wanna win this ball game!|Let's go!


And welcome to the Dolphin Dome|for tonight's game

between the Texas Western Cowboys|and the Western University Dolphins.

Coach Pete Bell for Western|is on the hot seat.

He's in danger of having|his first losing season ever.

but a victory tonight would ensure|a winning season for Coach Pete Bell.

It's gonna be tough. though. because|Texas Western is tournament bound.

They are well-coached|by Rick Pitino.

They've got a dynamic backcourt duo|with Sam Crawford and Rex Walters.

and they should get up-front court help|from Chris Mills and George Lynch.

It should be a great game.|First-half action coming up.

D- up. man. Play him up.|Hands up. Hack.

Deny those leads!

Dwayne. pick up the ball!

Hands up. baby.

He's going to his left.

Get in front of him.

Two shots.

Screen across.

Pick him up. pick him up!

- Play yourself. Mitch.|- Help on the ball.

- Mitch. use your feet!|- Come on. Ed. come on.

- That's a foul.|- Personal foul...

Oh. for chrissakes!

What the hell's the matter with you?

Goddamn it. we're not moving the ball.|Just standing around. for chrissake.

Let's go to the four-man motion.

If they go to their one man.

don't worry about the big guy.|he's not gonna handle it.

Don't trap four and five.|Only trap one. two and three.

Take him to the hoop!

What the hell is this?

Great call. You're the best.

What in the hell is this? What.|have you got blinders on tonight?

I mean. you haven't|made a call all night.

Look out.

That's why you're a good official.

Now look. now look.|Up and under. George. Up and under.

Move. George. move.|Move. George.

Nice move. We got it.|Stay with it. Stay with it!

What the hell is that kind of a call?

- Explain that to me.|- You've got your last warning.

You sit down.|You've got your last warning.

- I'll ring you up.|- Horseshit!

Get back. get back. get back!|Full speed.

Son of a b*tch.


Now. now. now. now.

There it is.

Good job. Rebound. let's go!

Go slow. Stay in it. Stay in it!

They're getting tired.|They're breaking down right now.

They are not in great shape.

Come on. fill the lanes. Let's go.

- George! There it is.|- Did you see that?

That's it. take away the middle.|Dunk it.

He fouled! Foul!

Rebound it. Rebound it. yes!


Watch. he's coming!

- They're fouling me every time!|- I don't give a sh*t!

The tempo is ours.

Go strong. Rick.|He got killed.

Plug up the middle.|Plug it up.

Nigel. goddamn it.|get over on his left foot!

Ray Charles could've made|a better call. for chrissake.

Call that in the box!

You're standing over.|and you know he didn't touch him!

- Goddamn it!|- I'm here! He's over there!

I didn't call it.

I swear to God...

That's the third f***ing time|you did that!

- What do you want me to do?|- You son of a b*tch!

You son of a b*tch!

You get out of here!|Get out of here!

I got it! I got it!

Am I wrong? Was I wrong or what?

- He had a different angle than you.|- Bullshit! Am I wrong or what?

Piss it.

Coach Bell is ejected from the arena.

Yo. coach.

It's your friendly athletic director.

Thought I'd better stop by

and officially comment|on your behavior out there tonight.

Well. goddamn it. Vic.|If I have to get on these kids

as hard as I did tonight|just to get them to play good.

I don't know if I can take|another goddamn game.

Coach. relax. will you?

It's the end of a long season.|You know how it works.

You'll feel better about it|in the morning.

There's no goddamn way I'm gonna|feel better about it in the morning.

You know I'm gonna feel worse.|I'm just gonna get angrier and angrier.

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Ron Shelton

Ron Shelton (September 15, 1945 in Whittier, California) is an American Oscar-nominated film director and screenwriter. Shelton is known for the many films he has made about sports. more…

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