Critics Consensus

It may adhere to the sports underdog formula, but Hoosiers has been made with such loving craft, and features such excellent performances, that it's hard to resist.



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Nominated for two Oscars (R) and hailed by Sports Illustrated and ESPN as one of the best sports movies of all time, Hoosiers is a triumphant tale of a high school basketball team's long-shot attempt to win the state championship. Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense and breathless excitement, Hoosiers featuring "fast-break cinematography that catches the pace of the game" (The Washington Post) and powerful performances from Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers is "a winner" (Boxoffice)!

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Gene Hackman
as Coach Norman Dale
Dennis Hopper
as Wilbur Shooter Flatch
Barbara Hershey
as Myra Fleener
Fern Persons
as Opal Fleener
Maris Valainis
as Jimmy Chitwood
Brad Long
as Buddy
Wil Dewitt
as Mr. Doty
John Robert Thompson
as Sheriff Finley
Michael Sassone
as Preacher Purl
Sam Smiley
as Referee - Cedar Knob
Eric Gilliom
as J. June
Ken Strunk
as Referee - Dugger
Rich Komenich
as Reporter
Robert Sutton
as Reporter
Robert F. Boyle
as Referee - Oolitic
John E. Blazier
as Spectator
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Critic Reviews for Hoosiers

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Audience Reviews for Hoosiers

  • Feb 10, 2014
    Hoosiers is one of the finest sports dramas that have ever been made. The film managed to set the standard for all to follow. I've seen my fair share of sports films, and Hoosiers ranks among the essential films to watch. The film has a simply story, yet has plenty of heart to really make it a standout feature that boasts a great cast of actors headed by Gene Hackman. The film is engaging from start to finish. Hoosiers for me is one of the better films dealing the sport of Basketball. There has been other films tackling the sport, but none has had the power of capturing your attention that Hoosiers. The film, I thought wasn't clichéd, unlike every recent genre film. I much prefer this subtle Sports film due to the fact that it doesn't overdo anything. Hoosiers is a well constructed drama that will surely appeal to genre fans, and if you're skeptical about seeing this due to that fact that there have been countless films of the same nature in recent years, well be prepared to enjoy this film as it is a well acted, directed movie that tells a terrific story. Even if you're not a fan of the sport, this is worth seeing due to the cast, its story and its heart. Filmgoers will surely love this movie, and it still is a genre classic that has yet to be outdone. If you love a good, well structured drama, Hoosiers is the film for you. Hackman is terrific in his performance and it adds so much to the overall enjoyment of movie. Hoosiers is a terrific Sports film than anyone can enjoy no matter if you follow the sport or not.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2012
    Hoosiers is an excellent underdog film and is among on of the greatest sports films i've ever seen. Gene Hackman is greatly casted as the lead and all supporting actors/actresses (Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley etc.) add more to the movie. Although this film may be cliched, you can't help but love Hoosiers. Favorite Scene: I bet like many other people, the last 10 seconds of the finals game
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Hoosiers is one of the greatest sports films of all time, and I am proud to say that this and Rudy are my favorite sports films ever made. This is a timeless classic.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2011
    What an awesome movie. A classic film, not just about basketball, but about redemption. Hoosiers is a great watch even if you don't like basketball, or even if you hate sports in general. Either way, watch this movie!
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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