Hoosiers is the best sports film ever. Period. End of discussion. The themes of redemption, reconciliation and restoration shine through almost every scene. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this blog and watch it right now. If you’ve seen it, watch it again. It’s that good. Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film about a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. The story is set during 1951/1952, when all high schools in Indiana, regardless of size, competed in one state championship tournament. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship.
The film is the triumphant tale of a high school basketball team’s long-shot attempt to go from worst to first and is filled with edge-of your seat suspense, breathless excitement and heart-felt performances by Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hooper. Hoosiers is said to have redefined the sports movie with a realism and frankness that make you believe in this small town team and the small-town characters – and cheer for them over and over again. Continue reading