Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 14: Indiana (Hoosiers)

Category: Sports/Docudrama

Quote of Interest:

“Sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass everyday, but mister, you ain’t seen a ray of light since you got here.”

–Opal Fleener

Three words to describe this film/state: Small-town redemption

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Gorilla Player (Cedar Knob), played by Dennis Farkas
  • Spotlight Blocker (uncredited), played by Bill Gulde
  • Angry Citizen (uncredited), played by Hugh Richard Heinsohn
  • Basketball Fan (uncredited), played by Darrin Murrell

State food/recipe to try:

Earring Inspo Character: Myra Fleener

Other Notes: As both a sports and feel-good family film, Hoosiers was not our favorite. I didn’t know til looking it up that it was loosely based on the 1954 Milan High School basketball team, the smallest school ever to win a single-class state basketball title in Indiana. The acting was okay–Dennis Hopper was a little cartoony, and Winger’s RBF was pretty good (though also trite). It’s fun that the movie was based on a true story, but it was just another formulaic sports film in our book. The classic 80s synth-infused score, however, did not disappoint.

Grade: B-

State Facts:

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