Hoosiers (1986)

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Factual error: During most of the basketball games, you can see an American flag in the background. This is not the problem, the problem is that it is hung wrong, the stars should always be on the top LEFT not RIGHT.

Continuity mistake: In the first act, two of the seven Hoosiers leave the team after Hackman takes over as coach. Shortly after, one of the players apologetically returns, bringing the total to six. The seventh member, "Buddy," is never shown returning, but halfway through the film you start seeing him again in the games.

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Suggested correction: This is only an error due to editing. There was a scene filmed that explained Buddy's return to the team. However, it was edited out. I believe the director later indicated he regretted doing this but that he needed to reduce the run time of the film (I am not positive on the reason for the removal, but the scene does exist).

Factual error: As the team begins the Indiana state tourney (always held in March) the team bus is shown driving by fields of corn. No corn in Indiana at this time of year. The crop is harvested before the season starts.

Continuity mistake: After the two boys leave the team at the beginning of the film, Gene Hackman has the boys doing a passing drill with six guys. The problem is that there were only five guys on the team. It even shows a seventh player on the sidelines.

Revealing mistake: In this film, you can see where the present-day lines on the basketball court have been sanded off and "50's" style lines added.


Factual error: When Dennis Hopper's 'Shooter' character is drying out in hospital, he points to a little green Philco radio on his bedside. This is a Philco model 53-561 (from 1953), succeeding the film's 1951 setting.

Continuity mistake: During the game against the Wildcats (the orange team) the incorrect score is often seen in the background. For example, the score changes from 50-51 to 36-36. This happens several times throughout the game.

Continuity mistake: When Dennis Hopper's "Shooter" character is drying out in the hospital and his son comes to visit him they talk for several minutes, however, the clock on the wall continues to read 9:49 from the beginning of the scene to the ending of it. (01:31:00)

Factual error: Norman Dale driving west to Indiana in 1951 on an interstate highway. The Interstate system wasn't started until 1956.

Coach Norman Dale: 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.

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Trivia: Near the end of the film in the locker room prior to the championship game, Coach Dale makes reference to the players on the other team whose names are written on a chalkboard. If you look closely at the list of names, you'll see that they are the last names of the actors that portray the Hickory players (Poole, Schenk, Boyle, etc).


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