Hoosiers

Hoosiers (1986)

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The state championship game is tied at 40, and Coach Dale calls a timeout. He designs a play for Merle to take the last shot, but as the timeout ends, the players refuse to leave the huddle. Jimmy finally says, "I'll make it." Coach Dale then redraws the play for Jimmy to take the last shot, which is what the team wanted all along. He makes it, and everyone cheers, including Shooter, who jumps up and down on his hospital bed. The movie ends with a little kid shooting in the empty Hickory gym, with a voiceover of some of Coach Dale's comments throughout the season, as the camera zooms in on the team picture from the championship season.

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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 reluctantly returns, bringing the total to six. The seventh member, "Buddy," is never shown returning, yet halfway through the film you start seeing him again in the games.

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Coach Norman Dale: I would hope you would support who we are. Not, who we are not. These six individuals have made a choice to work, a choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line 23 nights for the next 4 months, to represent you, this high school. That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect. This is your team.

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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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