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SUBJECTS — Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1946 - 1991 and Indiana;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Teamwork; Alcohol & Drug Abuse;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility.
Age: 11+; 1986, MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 114 minutes; Color;
In the 1950s high school basketball was something special in rural Indiana. Whole towns rallied around their team. What boys did or didn't do as 17-year-olds on the basketball court were important events throughout their lives.
Norman Dale had been a successful college basketball coach, but for the last 12 years he has worked as a non-commissioned officer in the Navy. Hoping for a comeback, he lands a job coaching a small high school in Hickory, Indiana. The total enrollment is 161 students. Why did he suddenly stop coaching? Can his team from this tiny school become good enough to compete in the state championships?
This film is a study in the growth of character and the elements of sportsmanship. Inspired by the events of the 1954 Indiana State basketball championship, Hoosiers also tells a great underdog sports team story.
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The real life situation which inspired this film involved a state championship match-up between an all-white team from a very small rural high school (the Milan Indians, student body 161) and an all-black team from a large inner city high school (more than 2000 students). The filmmakers chose to ignore this fact and make the opposing team integrated in order to avoid setting the conflict up as white vs. black. The racial make-up of the opposing teams was also changed in the film Remember the Titans. According to the film, each of the teams faced by the 1971 Titans were all white. In reality many were integrated. Do you think that making these changes detracted from the truthfulness of either film?
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