"Welcome to Indiana basketball."
You would be hard pressed to find a sports fan who didn't include tonight's primetime movie in a list of the best sports movies of all time, typically somewhere near the top. Though constructed on a rather formulaic underdog plot, the nostalgic setting of Hoosiers in a '50s-era Middle America town that cherishes its high school basketball team and the outstanding performances by Gene Hackman as the new coach with the troubled past and Dennis Hopper as the town drunk seeking redemption elevate the movie beyond cliché to timeless classic status.
Written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh — the same creative team behind another sports movie classic, Rudy — Hoosiers was inspired by the true story of the Milan High School basketball team that won the 1954 Indiana state championship despite the overwhelming odds stacked against them. While away the first night of fall by returning with us to a time when small town high schools still competed against bit city schools and everyone got a chance to make a comeback.hoosiers
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Acclaimed actor and director Dennis Hopper died Saturday at 74 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Having starred in more than 100 movies, Hopper is perhaps best known for his roles in Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers, along with the iconic Easy Rider, which he also co-wrote and directed. Co-star and co-writer Peter Fonda released the following statement upon news of Hopper's death.
Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and "lost" films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.
Hopper, who's in the upcoming movies Alpha and Omega and The Last Film Festival, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the first Albuquerque Film Festival. We've got a clip of him at the event below. Posted 05.30.10 by reelz
Reelz.com has been enjoying the sun, cinema and sin (not necessarily in the order) of Cinevegas all week. This is quite a festival, with some great world premieres, impressive star presence (Viggo Mortensen, Don Cheadle, The Rock and Dennis Hopper, to name just a few) and lavish parties at the hottest Vegas clubs.
Today we've got our first run-through of reviews from Cinevegas. Some are good, some are not so good and some are somewhere in-between. While not all will make their way to your local cinema, there are certainly enough excellent films here at Cinevegas that you can expect quite a few of these titles to surface on cable, at your local video stores and theatrically over the next year. Check out Part One of our Cinevegas Review Round-Up to see what to keep an eye out for. Posted 06.21.08 by reelz