Blue Chips (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Blue Chips (1994)



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Movie Info

Ron Shelton wrote this dramatic tale of a college basketball coach whose desire to get the best players for his team leads him into dangerous ethical compromises.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
Paramount Home Video


Nick Nolte
as Pete Bell
Alfre Woodard
as Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy
as Vic Roker
Shaquille O'Neal
as Neon Bodeaux
Matt Nover
as Ricky Roe
Bill Cross
as Freddie
Robert Wuhl
as Marty Rappa
Louis Gossett Jr
as Father Dawkins
Bobby Knight
as Himself
Rick Pitino
as Himself
Sam Armato
as Lecturer
Larry Bird
as Himself
Nigel Miguel
as Dolphin
Kevin Walker
as Dolphin
Steve Guild
as Dolphin
Thomas Hill
as The Coast Team
Phil Glenn
as Dolphin
Sam Crawford
as The Texas Western Te...
Byron Jenson
as Dolphin
Jim Beaver
as Ricky's Father
Debbie Young
as Ricky's Mother
Tony Gonzalez
as Dolphin Mascot
Todd Donoho
as Himself
Dick Vitale
as Himself
Qiana Petty
as McRae Daughter
Alicia N. Jones
as McRae Daughter
Britney Mitchell
as McRae Daughter
Dorothy McCann
as Grandmother
Allan Malamud
as Reporter
Siv Svendsen
as Herself
Wayne K. LeBeaux
as Equipment Manager
James Jackson
as Man with Lexus
Mark Murray
as Restaurant Sports Fa...
Andre L. Jones
as Restaurant Sports Fa...
Gary Vitti
as Trainer
Jim Boeheim
as Himself
Dick Baker
as Himself
Marty Blake
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Blue Chips

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Top Critic

Not even an unsentimental basketball fan like director William Friedkin can wash away all the corn syrup.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If it wasn't for some exciting roundball action, Shaquille O'Neal's hulking-dunking presence and a wonderfully guttural performance from coach Nick Nolte, you'd slither off the bench asleep.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The filmmakers don't get the ball into the Shaq-man's hands enough -- both literally and figuratively -- to make this personable giant's screen debut memorable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blue Chips

"Blue Chips" is one of my favorite basketball movies. I've seen it a few times and it still doesn't get old. A coach (Nick Nolte) that has always had a successful career as coach of Western University is facing the threat of his first ever losing season. He has to find a way to get his team back on a winning streak, even if it means finding new and better players.
Nick Nolte does a spectacular job as the coach, but that's not the only reason that "Blue Chips" is such a realistic and great basketball movie. If you're familiar with NBA basketball, you'll see a lot of players that you know from today's game such as Penny Hardaway and Shaq. You'll also see other basketball legends such as Larry Bird and Bob Cousy. When it's gametime, it's as realistic as a movie can get. It has powerful coaching, spectacular defensive and offensive movies, the roaring crowd, and even the press conference after the game. "Blue Chips" has more drama in it than just about any basketball movie ever made.

If you'd like to see a realistic basketball movie, I recommend getting "Blue Chips." It won't let you down. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. It's definitely one of the better basketball movies, and easily Shaq's best, although it doesn't really feature him.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Bob Cousy shooting free throws is reason enough for three stars. The other one is for Nick Nolte and Shaq.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

I dislike Nick Nolte's character in this basketball game movie because of his face acting and plenty of coarse languages are terrible.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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