What basketball film is almost-guarranteed to make all “Top 5 Basketball Films of All-time” lists? I’d have to guess: Hoosiers.
Hoosiers, which stars Gene Hackman, tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship. It also showcases perfectly what small-town life in America was in the 1950s. Life was simpler then. Do you think that was for better or worse? The community in this movie is quite strong. Sure, their hopes and dreams were centered around high school basketball, but, you’ve got to believe in something sometimes to feel like you’re a part of the big picture. Perhaps it’s because for the first time in America more people live in urban environments than rural environments, but I miss this small-town aspect of Americana that’s gone from life, but not from our consciousness. The days of Norman Rockwell are quickly fading into oblivion. Chances are that this isn’t going to stop, but we can still appreciate what’s come before. Take a look at these movie stills from Hoosiers.