Thirty years ago the iconic sports film and Truly Moving Picture Award winner Hoosiers, inspired by the true-life story of a tiny Indiana high school team that rose to win the state championship in 1954, opened in theaters. On Saturday morning, Mark Albert from CBS This Morning interviewed the team – and the town – that became legends, including the longtime Heartland Film board member who penned the legendary screenplay, Angelo Pizzo.
View the entire video interview below and check out the full article here.
Film Synopsis: It’s 1951 in Hickory, Indiana, a town that takes its basketball as seriously as its religion. Into this tiny town strolls Norman Dale (Gene Hackman), a once-hailed, now-failed college coach taking on the unenviable task of coaching Hickory High School’s eight-man hoop squad. Dale has been down on his luck for the last 10 years, and hopes this can be a fresh start… but several people have something to say about his suspicious training methods and unorthodox bench manner. The school and the town want him fired. But Coach Dale believes in two things – himself and his team.
Hoosiers was released in theaters in 1986 and was nominated for two Academy Awards® including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Dennis Hopper) and Best Music, Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith). The film has been honored with the Truly Moving Picture Award by Heartland Film.