Hoosiers is my favorite sports movie of all time. I'm thrilled it's finally coming to Blu-ray. We're giving away two copies. Simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite sports movie. You don't even have to consider Hoosiers the best to win it.
- Hoosier History: The Truth Behind the Legend
- Deleted Scenes
- Original 1954 Indiana High School Championship Game
- Commentary by Director David Anspaugh
Here's a feature from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
An All New Blu-ray Perfectly Timed For Father's Day Coming On June 5, 2012
Hoosiers is not just a beloved film, but it has consistently been named one of the best sports movies of all time! In that spirit, here we will highlight our picks for the five best sports films and what makes them uniquely memorable. Our favorites include A League of Their Own, Remember the Titans and Field of Dreams.
Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) is a volatile basketball coach with a dark past who arrives in a small, rural Indiana town to attempt to lead the high school team to victory. This group of underdogs needs all the help they can get, and no one would have ever suspected that it would come from the unlikely duo of Dale and his newly hired assistant coach, the town's recovering alcoholic, Shooter (Dennis Hopper). Under Dale and Shooter's guidance, the Hickory team surprises their town - and themselves - by not only becoming an unstoppable team during the basketball season, but also taking home the 1952 State Championship.
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The 1980 comedy Caddyshack follows Danny, a young caddy at an exclusive country club. His goal is to earn enough money to go to college, and he sets out to win a scholarship from Judge Smails, the owner of the club. The film is ripe with hilarious subplots, zany characters, good old-fashioned golfing and, of course, a stuffed gopher. Caddyshack has a massive following and is beloved by many, including Tiger Woods (who has called it his favorite film).
Field of Dreams
The 1989 film Field of Dreams is based upon the novel, Shoeless Joe, by W.P. Kinsella. In the film, corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice in his field telling him, "If you build it, he will come." He takes this as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other Chicago Black Sox players banned from the game. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and continues to be a fan favorite for its unique blend of the sports and fantasy film genres.
A League of Their Own
1992’s A League of Their Own tells the story of an all female baseball league during WWII. Not only did the women in this film have to work hard to prove themselves and be taken seriously in the male dominated world of sports, but their coach and manager, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) had to work just as hard to show that he wasn’t the washed-up baseball pro turned alcoholic that the world thought he was. Despite all of the team's hardships, their determination paid off, and they are ultimately able to compete in the World Series. Additionally, Jimmy’s proclamation – "There's no crying in baseball!" – has been called one of the greatest film quotes of all time.
Remember the Titans
The 2000 film, Remember the Titans, is based on true events and explores a desegregated high school in 1971 Virginia. The football team’s white coach has been demoted and replaced with an African American man, Herman Boone (Denzel Washington). The film follows the football team as they struggle to accept integration in pursuit of both racial harmony and a championship season. The film won many awards and was praised by critics and activists alike for fighting against racism and discrimination.
Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham is a 2002 film set in England that tells the story of Jess, a teenager with only one real passion in her life: soccer. She soon strikes up a friendship with Jules, and joins a girl’s team coached by the handsome Joe. Jess comes from a traditional Sikh family, and her fascination with soccer doesn't fit into their idea of what a young woman should be. Ultimately, Jess has to decide what is more important to her: honouring familial obligations, or living out her dream of playing soccer for a college in the US? The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, and won many awards (including an ESPY for Best Sports Movie).