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‘Hoosiers’: A tale of courage

One of the most rousingly enjoyable sports movies ever made, ‘Hoosiers’ will be screened at 6 pm on June 15 at the American Center, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

 Directed by David Anspaugh this small-town drama tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championships tournament.

Set during 1951, when all high schools in Indiana, regardless of size, competed in one state championship tournament, it is very loosely based on the story of a real Indiana team of that period, the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship.

A classic tale of redemption, this film features a volatile coach and a former star player-turned alcoholic leading a small-town basketball team on an improbable run to the Indiana high school championship game. Coach Norman Dale encounters several hurdles in his path: a feisty teacher determined to keep the best player from going out for the team, a town chock full of second-guessing fathers, and a group of undisciplined athletes. Story inspired by the Milan (Indiana) Indians’ state title of 1954.

A sensitive direction and a splendid screenplay helped make this one of the best films of 1986, highlighted by the superb performances of Gene Hackman as the Huskers’ coach, and Oscar nominee Dennis Hopper as the alcoholic father of one of the team’s key players.

Hoosiers was ranked number 13 by the American Film Institute on its 100 Years... 100 Cheers list of most inspirational films. The film was the choice of the readers of USA Today as the best sports movie of all time.

Courtesy: Times Online

Posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010 @ 22:42:52 LKT by

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