“If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we’re gonna be winners. ” – Coach Norman Dale
Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in ’86, cable, video and 21 Jul 2014)
Brief Synopsis – An Indiana small town high school gets a new coach in 1951 who inspires them to play better and harder
My Take on it – I’ve never really been a big fan of basketball, but I have always extremely enjoyed this movie.
The way that Gene Hackman works his team to give them a chance at glory is so inspirational. His teaching methods are different, but he nevertheless has his share of doubters and supporters alike.
Hackman is not the first actor that would come to mind when casting a high school basketball coach, but he was able to somehow pull it off, thus giving IMHO one of his best performances.
This movie tops many people’s list for being the best sports movie ever made. A case can definitely be made for that, but very few could argue that it doesn’t deserve to be close to the top if not already perched on top of it.
Bottom Line – Excellent sports as an analogy for perseverance movie. Hackman, who one would think is miscast here, is amazing. Perhaps this is the best sports movie ever made but if not, it’s damn close to being. Highly recommended!!!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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