Hoosiers (released in some countries as Best Shot) is a 1986 American sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh in his feature directorial debut. It 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.
In 1951, Norman Dale arrives in rural Hickory, Indiana. His old friend, high school principal Cletus Summers, has hired him as the civics and history teacher and as head basketball coach. Dale thanks Summers for the opportunity and cryptically mentions he hopes things will work out for him this time.
|award||National Film Registry|
|editor||C. Timothy O'Meara|
|keywords||act alcoholic father ban basketball coach butler fieldhouse coach college basketball drill eject ejection game heart attack history teacher indianapolis last second meet mourn old friend open pass school principal shoot united states navy work out|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|producer||Angelo Pizzo Carter De Haven|
|productionCompany||De Haven Productions Hemdale Pictures|
|theme||biographical high school independent sports teen|