It’s 1951 in Hickory, Indiana, a town that takes its basketball as seriously as its religion. Into this tiny town strolls Norman Dale, 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 played at the 1996 Heartland Film Festival in the Special Screenings Sidebar.


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