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  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available


A man gets a last-chance job coaching a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team and faces the dual challenge of bringing this underdog team to the 1951 state championship and redeeming himself from a mysterious past.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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3 out of 5

A tale of heroic sportsmanship.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the emotional intensity here is of the "who will win?" variety. The movie also deals with alcoholism, but features the redemption of two adult leads.

what families can talk about

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movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 13
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The kind of corny and manipulative pic that makes me glad I'm not a basketball fan.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Cloyingly nostalgic.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh: A] compelling, enjoyable yarn.

- Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Predictable but still OK

- webalina, Monday, June 29, 2009

4 stars

Gene Hackman and Dennis Hooper put on great performances, good basketball flick.

- Chiefilms, Monday, March 3, 2008

3 stars

my favorite sports movie. Rousing, funny and tremdously entertaining. Hackman gives a brilliant and inspiring performance.

- allan913, Tuesday, August 29, 2006