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Still shot from the movie: Hoosiers.


When Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) is offered a position coaching an undisciplined group of basketball players in a small Indiana high school, he can't say no. Considering his spotty past, he'd be a fool to turn down the opportunity. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 114
Theater Release: 13 Nov 1986
Video Release: 05 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do you think the high school principal was willing to hire Coach Dale? What other characters make changes in their lives because of the arrival of the new coach? Is it sometimes hard to give people a second chance to prove themselves? Why?

Why did Coach Dale intentionally get kicked out of the game? What impact did that have on the players and other coaching staff?

Born in Canada, basketball’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith created the game while working at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. For a list of his 13 original rules of play, go to: http://www.ku.edu/heritage/graphics/people/naismith.html.

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