Lists: Drama, Family

Brief Synopsis: "High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy."

Overall Ranking: 1155 (Rank from 1986: # 11)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 100%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch76 - It's good. It's a bit overrated, but it's good.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest75

People Involved

  • Gene Hackman (Coach Norman Dale)
  • Barbara Hershey (Myra Fleener)
  • Dennis Hopper (Shooter)
  • C.W. Mundy (Coach Jasper)
  • Sheb Wooley (Cletus)
  • Fern Persons (Opal Fleener)
  • Chelcie Ross (George)
  • Robert Swan (Rollin)
  • Michael OGuinne (Rooster)
  • Wil Dewitt (Reverend Doty)
  • John Robert Thompson (Sheriff Finley)
  • Michael Sassone (Preacher Purl)
  • Gloria Dorson (Millie)
  • Mike Dalzell (Mayor Carl)
  • Skip Welker (Junior)
  • Eric Gilliom (J. June)
  • David Anspaugh (Director)