Synopsis: Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): David Anspaugh
Production: Hemdale Film Corporation
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Excuse me. Where is

Cletus Summers' office?

- Up the stairs.

- Thank you.

- You're not the new coach?

- Were you expecting someone different?

- Younger, I guess.

- Sorry to disappoint you.

Cletus said he was hiring someone who

never coached high school before, so I...

I coached in college.

And I hear you're our new history

and civics teacher as well.

- That's part of the job, as I understand it.

- Have any experience teaching?

Tell me something.

Am I being interviewed here?

- I thought I already had the job.

- Straight up.

If everyone is as nice as you, country

hospitality is gonna get an awful name.

What a pleasant thing to say.

- Cletus?

- Hmm?

- What are you doing down there?

- Floatin'.

Norman Dale?

I hardly recognised you.

It's been 20 years.

Buffalo State Teachers College,

spring of '31.

I had a hell of a time tracking you down.

I didn't know you were still in the service.

I'm here now.

You really made good time.

Wasn't it just yesterday or the day before

that we settled this thing?

Well, you said practice started last week.

I figured I'd get here as soon as I could.

It's been a while for you.

- Yeah. I appreciate what you're doing...

- Let's not be repeating ourselves.

Your slate's clean here.

We got a job to do.

So come on, Coach,

let me show you around.

This is where it all happens. Not exactly

what you're used to, but we're proud of it.

During the season we put

800 people in here every Friday night.

- When does practice start?

- Well, we'll practise at noon this week,

cos some of the boys have got to

get ready for threshin' on Saturday.

Jimmy, I want you to meet someone.

- This is Norman Dale, our new coach.

- Hi.

- Real friendly town you got here.

- It can be.

Let's go on back out to the farm.

I got a place fixed up out there for you.

Get you squared away.

That's it. Thank you.

- Say hello to Chester.

- Hello, Chester.

Say goodbye to Chester.

So you say this kid Jimmy wouldn't

play basketball after the coach died?

Well, the coach was

kind of like an old man to him.

Kid never had any family

of his own to speak of.

At least he comes on down to the school

and shoots them buckets.

Aside from that, he's just about

backed away from everything.

I don't know why you're going on so

about this kid being irreplaceable.

It's my experience

that nobody's irreplaceable.

Well, I think there's something

you don't understand.


In over 40 years of looking

at the best this state's ever had,

I've never seen a better ball player

than Jimmy Chitwood. Never.

I'm glad you're here, Norm.

I think it's gonna work out.

Well, it's gotta work out this time

or that's it for good.

The last time you coached

was 12 years ago?

- Yeah, that's right.

- Where?

That was in Ithaca, New York.

What you been doing since?

Well, I've been in the navy for the last

ten years. I was a chief petty officer.

Well, uh...

looks like you're gonna need a little help.

I've been running practices

the last couple of weeks.

I'll help you out till you get your feet wet.

This town doesn't like change,

so we thought we'd get together

and show you how we do things here.

We trust that you're a fine,

upstanding, God-fearing man

with Christian morals and principles

who will set an example and

a standard of leadership for our boys.

Tell me, do you believe in

man-to-man or zone defence?

Zone defence is all we've played, and

it's the only thing that'll work this year.

That's right, George.

For anything else our boys

are too small but, remember,

we were 15 and 10 last year,

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Angelo Pizzo

Angelo Pizzo is an American screenwriter and film producer, usually working on films based on a true story, and usually about athletics. He is best known for Hoosiers and Rudy. more…

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