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A basketball coach leads the high school team to victory.
David Anspaugh
Gene HackmanBarbara HersheyDennis Hopper
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D. King - EichholzReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hoosier Hysteria
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This wonderful film is loosely based on a real life state basketball championship between what was thought of as the state powerhouse, Muncie Central Bearcats and a small town school from Milan. It captures the era and the spirit of the game perfectly. The real life game is still a topic of conversation some 50 + years later. Filmed in Indiana and the final scenes at the actual fieldhouse where the game was played - it rings true. It is a taste of life now somewhat diluted by the inception of " class ball. " If you were fortunate enough to have experienced " Hoosier Hysteria " in those days, you will remember the highs and lows this amazingly cast, written and filmed time capsule so accurately portrays. Signed, A Class of 71 Bearcat.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Politics of being a coach ... Have to say basketball scenes aren't that exciting for a classic
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Gene Hackman is hired as a basketball coach in a very small high school in Indiana in 1951. Everyone rejects him because he’s not from the town. He makes matters worse by implementing a new system which takes time for the players to figure out leading to struggles out on the court and more criticism. The politics of coaching is what dominates the start of the movie. You should know that he turns things around because this is Hollywood. I have to say for a classic sports film the basketball sequences aren’t that good. Only when the team is not doing well are they believable. When they start getting good they hardly show any action. It’s mostly a lot of close ups of players taking a jump shot. There’s also a lot of slow motion. Thankfully as the team progresses the games get better. Of course the movie is really about Hackman proving himself on and off the court more than the basketball.
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1912 HouseReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The expanded DVD shows my Dad!
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I've known the Hoosier story my whole life. My late father was the student coach for the real team. It's great having the extra materials and interviews on this extended DVD.
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Doug DanzeisenReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
For those who have never seen the movie, watch it- and this is the best home version yes seen
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A solid 8.0 movie meets a solid 8.0 presentation in this Bluray edition.
If you know the great Gene Hackman movie "Hoosiers" then there is no point in reviewing the title here. For my money its the best basketball movie ever and is solidly in the running as one of, if not THE greatest sports movie of all time. Yes, it's good.
Video clarity is, imho, the BEST this movie has ever looked on home cinema. There is some evidence of digital noise reduction that wipes out some of the film grain, especially in darker scenes. BUT, the movie looks great over all and as stated previously, better than it ever has for home video. Sound reproduction is not quite as polished and sounds are clear, but lack the "Field of depth" that some movies offer with really immersive sound tracks.
For those who have never seen the movie, watch it, and this is the best version I have yet seem of the movie.
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kuhuna55Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Before the 3 pt shot and the the Dunk-fundamentals were the game...
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I suppose you have to call it a sports movie and as such it's the best ever. It should just be called a great movie with the large ensemble cast doing an excellent job. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper are awesome and as always Barbara Hershey is perfect in the roll she plays as the millers daughter and English teacher and assistant principal. Sheb Wooley is in this and if you're a boomer like myself you remember him from all those old westerns we grew up on.
Great story from beginning to end and it's on my top 100 movies you need to see before you pass onto the next life.
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Olli C. WolfReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a wonderful classic. It's a good sports movie and it's ...
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This is a wonderful classic. It's a good sports movie and it's off from the typical. You can really get emotional with this one and part of that is due to the scenery, the music, and decisions that translate over with that. It also kind of makes you miss a bit of a little bit of the simple life I suppose and seeing that things finally came to an end, but a great one.
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TeresaKReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great 1980's Sports Drama
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This was yet another purchase for my son - he loves his DVD collections! He had watched Hoosiers on television or at a friends home and wanted a copy for himself. Gene Hackman is a very good actor and always brings something special to every part. In this movie, a small town sports movie, Hackman is the coach of an underdog high school basketball team. True to the small town image, the movie is not just about the team and it's accomplishments once Hackman gets involved in the coaching, but also about the drama involved in many of the players lives.
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D. BarberReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hoosiers DVD
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I bought this movie just a few days back and I'm frankly disappointed with it. Amazon blew this one, and they shouldn't have. The disc is advertised as widescreen (1.85:1) or if you prefer, (16:9) in aspect ratio. This is what I wanted, and what Amazon implies.

In fact, the two-sided disc has both the standard 4:3 format, which is fine, but the 16:9 format is a rip-off. Instead of filling the screen it runs in a smaller 4:3 box with letterbox bars top and bottom. In other words, both sides of the disc appear just as they would on an older 4:3 television. None of the other reviewers mentioned this and I wish they had. I won't bother returning the disc since it's too much bother, but I'm very disappointed that Amazon has not made this fact clear to it's customers. Anyone expecting a wide-screen presentation is in for a real letdown. Another thing worth mentioning is that the cover art does not match the photo shown. The artwork is actually very similar to that shown for the BluRay edition. Some people have commented on the poor quality of the DVD transfer. I'm sorry to say it's true. The picture quality is grainy.

I cannot for the life of me imagine why they used a 4:3 mask for both presentations. I'm sure many of you have seen movies with both aspect ratios on a double-sided disc and with the widescreen format properly filling all of a 16:9 screen, so it's not a technical issue. I suspect that the guy who was responsible for the transfer to DVD, simply used the same mask for his own convenience. There is also another idiosyncrasy. The 4:3 side of the disc has an unusually long black-screen start. I thought the disc had failed at first. It's almost a minute before anything whatsoever appears after selecting Play. Does anyone know if ANY of Amazon's DVD editions has the true 16:9 presentation?
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