By David Anspaugh

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1986-11-14
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Director: David Anspaugh
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


A classic tale of redemption, this film features a volatile coach and a former star player-turned alcoholic leading a small-town basketball team on an improbable run to the Indiana high school championship game. Coach Norman Dale encounters several hurdles in his path: a feisty teacher determined to keep the best player from going out for the team, a town chock full of second-guessing fathers, and a group of undisciplined athletes. Story inspired by the Milan (Indiana) Indians' state title of 1954. Nominated for two Oscars and hailed by Sports Illustrated and ESPN as one of the best sports movies of all time, this triumphant tale of a high school basketball team's long-shot attempt to win the state features "fast-break cinematography” that catches the pace of the game.


  • What happened to English ?

    By Awesomeist123456
    I’ve owned this movie for years. Now, can only watch in Spanish or French?
  • Language error

    By hfndks
    Only available in French?
  • Outstanding

    By Banzai4114
    One of the best sports movies of all time. I love the detail -- every shot with an American flag in it uses the 48 star flag (good catch since Alaska and Hawaii were admitted in 1959).
  • Homie don't play that - he plays for Coach

    By Busta Cup
    A hackneyed plot and thematic contrivances almost tips the scales into unwanton and unforgiveable triteness in this sports "classic". Things fall into place all too smoothly for Mr. Hackman and his ballyhooed Hoosier H.S. basketball players. A drunk played by Hopper is a plot contortion that is wholly unncessary and really is the straw that broke this reviewer's back enough to pan my score of this semi-inspirational hoop story down to barely 3 stars. I like a good emotional and carthartic film that comes together as a win for the "good guys". Heck, I like even to shed a tear or two in a movie on the caliber of "Field of Dreams", "Rudy" or "Without Limits" (look it up - great flick about Prefontaine). However, I don't like it when I see it coming a mile away, and the director rubs my face in it. Everyone is a hero, down to the idiot who still shoots free throws "grandma" style. Seriously? Am I supposed to feel sorry for that dolt? And, can Jimmy EVER miss a shot? The despicable love interest for da Coach reaks of Hollywood wholesomeness thrown in to cater to the female "voice" in this film otherwise dominated by men. Is that such a bad thing? A boy and his ball, shooting hoops with Pa, day in and day out, just to have the chance to play for a team in the Hoosier state.
  • Hoosier Hysteria

    By K802003
    If you went to an Indiana high school, you can totally relate to this movie. Who hasn't been to a sectional championship or regional championship game? Up until class play, the little guy always had a chance to beat the big guy. Its the stuff of dreams. The Milan team is legendary in this state. In fact, my high school councelor was a member of that team. It was always so cool to see his state championship ring.
  • Best sports movie made!!!

    By Theboss336
    This is the best sports movie that mankind can make. I watch the scene right before the last game. It gets me motivated to win any sport game I play
  • just a classic movie !

    By give me a break !
    What a great movie for a true story…Gene Hackman did a great job in this movie.
  • A Sports Gem

    By BOSKA6
    One of the best sports movies of all time, and the fact that it is based on a true story just adds to the satisfaction with this absolute gem of a movie. Extremely highly recommended.
  • No longer available?!?!

    By Asgjkl
    I bought Hoosiers a year or so ago, watched it all the time. Especially my two year old son who loved it and wants to watch "Jimmy". However, since the recent update it is now "no longer available". Which seems odd since I had already purchased it. Please add the movie back, refund my money, or advise what should be done. Honestly I just want the movie working again, please make that happen as this is quite irritating.
  • Let us buy….

    By Barosan73
    Why can't we buy this movie? One of the best sports movies of all time!