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For the scene where Dennis Hopper walks onto the court drunk in the middle of the game, Hopper wanted a ten-second notice before calling action. At the ten-second notice, he spun around in circles until action was called, allowing him to stagger onto the court in an awkward fashion in order to appear drunk. He remembered James Dean doing the same thing on Giant (1956) - he asked George Stevens for 30 seconds so that he could spin around to better feel the inebriation.
In the locker room before the final game, on the blackboard are the last names of the players on the opposing team. These are the real last names of the actors who make up the Hickory team.
The scene with Jimmy and Coach Dale talking while Jimmy shot baskets was filmed in one take. Maris Valainis said that he "wasn't even listening to him. I was just concentrating on making them, and I made one, and they kept going in."
The movie was renamed "Best Shot" in Europe because most Europeans wouldn't know what a Hoosier was.
Maris Valainis was told that whether he made the last shot or not, people were going to rush the floor because of the need for a wide shot of the court. Luckily, he made it as shown in the movie.
An actual Milan Indian guard, Ray Craft, was in the movie. Craft greeted the Huskers when they got to the state finals, and he also told Coach Dale it was time to take the court before the state finals.
Steve Hollar played basketball for DePaul University at the time of filming. When the movie was released, the NCAA wanted to penalize him for having been paid to play basketball. The NCAA eventually decided that Hollar had been hired as an actor, not a basketball player. He still got a three-game suspension and was told to return 5% of his pay.
During a happy montage of Hickory winning a string of games, Dale was shown saying something to Shooter on the bench that made Shooter laugh. It wasn't until years later that David Anspaugh learned what Dennis Hopper was laughing at: Gene Hackman had told him, "Hopper, I hope you've invested well, because you and I are never gonna work after this movie. This is a career-ending film for both of us."
The actor playing Ollie once left the set to watch his high school basketball team play. He was a senior on the team when he got the role and was feeling homesick, so he decided to go watch them. The crew had to contact his mother to get him to return.
The 1954 state championship game, which inspired the movie's final game, was played between the Milan Indians and the Muncie Central Bearcats. Milan won 32-30.
Jimmy Chitwood has only 4 lines of dialogue in the whole movie. He has 3 lines in the scene where Coach Dale wins the vote to keep his job, then "I'll make it" in the climactic game.
The announcer at the final game is Hilliard Gates, who announced the "real" game.
Wade Schenck, who plays equipment manager/reluctant player Ollie McClellan, has his real-life sister Libbey Schenck encouraging him during the games as a Hickory cheerleader (credited).
After this film became a hit, Kent Poole acquired the nickname "Hollywood." Poole was a small-town Indiana high school basketball star. In 1982, Poole helped Western Boone High to a near miss in the Indiana state tournament. Poole's team lost their semistate game by one basket. The director knew Poole loved small-school spirit and felt he could deliver the movie's famous line, "Let's win this one for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here," with true heartfelt emotion.
While delighted with his Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Dennis Hopper privately admitted to friends and colleagues that he felt the Academy nominated him for the wrong film. He thought he should have been nominated for his performance in Melynas aksomas (1986).
Jack Nicholson wanted to play Coach Norman Dale but he was unable to take the role because he was serving as a witness in a lawsuit, which sidelined him for six months.. He told the producers he knew they were on a tight schedule to shoot, and if they found another actor, to go ahead. If not, he could do it the next year. Gene Hackman then signed on for the part. After the film came out, Nicholson said to David Anspaugh that the movie and its stars were great, but that it would have been a "megahit" if he been its star.
Inspired in part by the 1954 Indiana State champs, Milan Indians.
Gene Hackman and David Anspaugh clashed throughout most of the production. "Gene had me on the verge of a nervous breakdown," Anspaugh told Vulture. "He gave me my first anxiety attack: One morning I woke up and I couldn't walk, the room was spinning. I thought every day on the film was going to be my last because Gene's agent was trying to get me fired."
According to Anspaugh, the only thing that saved his job was the dailies. "The producers said, 'Look, David's not getting fired,'" the director recalled. "And we showed a half-hour of dailies to Gene's agent and he saw that what we were making was actually pretty good."
Gene Hackman insisted on viewing the movie before he agreed to go in to re-record some of his audio. "Angelo and I knew that if he didn't like the movie, he wouldn't show up at the studio to re-record his dialogue," David Anspaugh said. "But he showed up. He walked in to the room, took his glasses off, looked me in the eyes, and said, 'How the f*ck did you do that?'"
The filmmakers had trouble filling Hinkle Fieldhouse with extras for the final game and needed to move people around when shooting different angles. Extras were given 1950s hairstyles, and their clothing was checked for anachronisms.
Harry Dean Stanton turned down the role of Shooter. In 2013 he expressed regret over saying no to the film, and couldn't remember his reasons for declining it.
In the original script, Shooter leaves rehab to watch the state championship. Dennis Hopper, who had just gotten sober, thought it was detrimental to the story. "We sat down over coffee, and he said, 'Guys, I wish I had brought this up earlier. I knew there was something that bothered me about this scene. It doesn't work. It can't happen. It would suggest Shooter didn't take his sobriety seriously. And I know from experience that Shooter made a real commitment, and there's no way he would leave that hospital,'" Anspaugh recalled. "And Angelo and I had been living with that scene in our heads for years. And we really argued against [cutting] it. And Dennis said, 'No, trust me.' And we trusted him, and he was absolutely right."
Steve Hollar (Rade) played high school basketball in Warsaw, Indiana. Warsaw was the state champion in 1984, when Hollar was a junior.
The Travel-Aires, who sing the national anthem, were never auditioned for it. The national anthem wasn't included in the script until the end of filming. No one heard the group sing the national anthem until the night it was filmed, all in one take, for the very first time!
Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sports" in June 2008.
Dennis Hopper appeared in Maištas be priežasties (1955) and Giant (1956) with James Dean, a native Hoosier who played on the Fairmount, Indiana high school basketball team in the late 1940's.
David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo wanted to release their two-hour-and-48-minute version of the movie. The studio insisted that they needed to cut it down to 114 minutes. Among the many scenes excised was Buddy (Brad Long) asking back on the team and two scenes that developed Norman and Myra's budding romance more. Anspaugh said "the audience really got cheated and robbed" over the cuts.
Jerry Goldsmith's score is well known for its "Americana" essence, but the music was performed by the Hungarian State Opera orchestra in Budapest. American orchestral unions were reportedly upset with Goldsmith for choosing a foreign orchestra for a lower budget film.
The theater that was closed for the final game burned down in 1999.
During one of the games, Hickory is shown playing Decatur. The Director was born in Decatur, Indiana.
Dennis Hopper was also reluctant to play Shooter, as he had "just stopped drinking".
Features Dennis Hopper's only Oscar nominated performance.
Jimmy Chitwood only misses three shots in the movie. When Coach Dale first meets Jimmy in the gym, when Jimmy is outside shooting with Coach Dale talking to him and once in the final game.
The 1954 Milan Indians coach was Marvin Wood, who ended his career coaching the St. Mary's College basketball team in South Bend, Indiana.
Of the eight actors who played the Hickory Huskers, only David Neidorf was not from Indiana; he was from Los Angeles.
In the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Cheers listing the top 100 most inspiring films of all time, it ranked #13, the highest among films not nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Dennis Hopper's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
At the championship game, the American flag is shown in the wrong direction, the blue field should be on the left as you are looking at it.
Scott Glenn: a member of the press corps.
Jimmy scores (at least) 26 of Hickory's 42 points in championship game.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Gene Hackman||-||Coach Norman Dale|
|Barbara Hershey||-||Myra Fleener|
|Fern Persons||-||Opal Fleener|
|Wil Dewitt||-||Reverend Doty|
|John Robert Thompson||-||Sheriff Finley|
|Michael Sassone||-||Preacher Purl|
|Mike Dalzell||-||Mayor Carl|
|Skip Welker||-||Junior (as Calvert L. Welker)|
|Eric Gilliom||-||J. June|