Hoosiers, Film Analysis

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Hoosiers Film Analysis

Why I selected Hoosiers
Let me first begin by saying I am a huge sports fan. I played almost every sport growing up and have always loved watching sports, in particular college basketball and any type of football. I saw Hoosiers a few times growing up and enjoyed it every time. In my opinion it is one of the greatest sports movies of all time. The acting of Gene Hackman is definitely an Oscar winning performance. Even though this is not based on a true story it is very believable to me that this event could have occurred, and for that reason it enhances the emotion I feel when they fight through diversity and win the state championship. All of the above are the reasons I chose this film, I knew I would enjoy it and enjoy writing about it. General Synopsis of Film

Hoosiers is based out of a small town in Indiana, 1951. A washed up old college basketball coach (Norman Dale) is asked by a good friend to come coach his schools basketball team, the Hickory Huskers. The team had just lost their coach the previous year and along with it their star basketball player, Jimmy Chipwood. Jimmy decided not to play after the coach died, and without him the team would struggle to have a successful season. Neither the team nor the community took very warmly to Coach Dale's entrance into their tight nit community and the approach he took on the game of basketball. The players and community men had a hard time at first believing in his fundamental philosophy and his leadership style over the team. As the film moves on we see a turning pint for Coach Dale. After an unsuccessful first part of the season, there is a community wide petition being passed around with a referendum to remove him as coach. At this meeting it was almost certain that the coach would be fired until Jimmy showed up. Jimmy gave the community an ultimatum "I play coach stays, coach goes I go," and ultimately the coach was voted to stay. From there the team started to gel and both the players and the community started to believe in the coach. The team goes on to make the playoffs and eventually win states and be the Cinderella story, a small town school goes up against the big boys to win the Indiana state basketball championship, a David vs. Goliath story. I believe perseverance and desire, desire to not give up and that nothing is impossible is the intended message the movie is trying to get across. A coach persevering with the whole community and his players, and the players and coach having the desire to believe they can win and that they belong. The Major Characters

The biggest character in the movie was played by Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale. Norm was an old college basketball coach who returned to coaching after twelve years to coach at a small High School in Indiana. The next major character was Myra Fleener, a fellow school teacher that looked after Jimmy and did not treat Norm very well at first. She eventually respects him and believes in the coach and they form a relationship. The third major character in the movie was Shooter, a drunk father to one of the players. Norm took him under his wing and built up his confidence and helped him to get sober. The fourth major character in this movie I felt was Jimmy Chipwood. Yeah, he didn't say much throughout the movie, but he was a major theme in the movie and was seen throughout it. Jimmy was the star player who decided not to play at first but eventually did and was the reason why the team won. The final character in the movie was actually a group of individuals in my opinion, the other members of the basketball team. Together they played one common role to learn to change their attitude and grow with the coach. The Major Conflicts between Characters

The first major conflict was depicted between Coach Norman Dale and Myra Fleener. Myra was very cold to Coach Dale, the new basketball coach, when he first arrived. She advised him to stay away from...
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