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.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2005
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

Cast


as Pete Bell

as Lavada McRae

as Vic Roker

as Father Dawkins

as Neon Bodeaux

as Ricky Roe

as Freddie

as Marty Rappa

as Himself

as Himself

as Lecturer

as Himself

as Dolphin

as Dolphin

as Dolphin

as The Coast Team

as Dolphin

as The Texas Western Te...

as Dolphin

as Ricky's Father

as Ricky's Mother

as Dolphin Mascot

as Himself

as Himself

as McRae Daughter

as McRae Daughter

as McRae Daughter

as Grandmother

as Reporter

as Herself

as Equipment Manager

as Man with Lexus

as Restaurant Sports Fa...

as Restaurant Sports Fa...

as Trainer

as Himself

as Himself

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
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This hard-hitting college basketball drama marks a notable return to form for William Friedkin.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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
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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
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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.

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Jason Owens

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

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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.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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