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#25. “Hoosiers” (1986)

April 7, 2017

Smart Rating: 89.19Genre: DramaStarring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis HopperFailed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town. After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.