Hoosiers Synopsis
1950s basketball coach (Gene Hackman) leads lowly Indiana high-schoolers.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
The pieces of the drama are put forth like the shapes of the five fingers of a hand, and finally they find a kind of awkward unity that was...
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100

Washington Post

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Hackman anchors the movie with a performance of remarkable control. You see his hurt in his glances at his shoes, his little phony chuckle;...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In the way it combines sports with human nature, it reminded me of another wonderful Indiana sports movie, "Breaking Away." It's a movie...
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100

Los Angeles Times

By Sheila Benson
It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. [11 Dec 1986, Calendar, p.6-1]
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90

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Yet much of the movie's validity stems from time and place recreated with such authenticity that you can sense the wet chill in the morning...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is one of the best re-creations ever of the early-'50s Midwest. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
There is enough intelligence and craftsmanship in the execution of Hoosiers to make it seem, if not exactly fresh, at least respectably...
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70

TV Guide

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The film clearly functions as wish-fulfillment for the kind of people who are nostalgic about all-white basketball, leaving a nasty...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
As manipulative as a charmer with a snake, and twice as much fun... Shameless, yes, but open your eyes, close your mind, sit back and enjoy...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Gene Hackman is solid as the hero, and Dennis Hopper does his best screen work ever. [6 Mar 1987, Arts & Leisure, p.23]
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Five Word Review

By MARK SANCHEZ
best sports movie ever period...

HOOSIERS = One of the All-Time Best Sports FIlms!!

By lugubriousthespian
Gene Hackman's stellar work as a no-nonsense high school basketball coach who leads an underdog Indiana team to a national championship game in the early 1950s is only one of about a dozen terrific...

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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ A tale of heroic sportsmanship.
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