PG | | Drama, Sport
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
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.
What can I do for you, Jimmy?
Jimmy Chitwood: I got something to say.
Rollin: All right, say what you've gotta say.
Jimmy Chitwood: I don't know if it'll make any change, but I figured it's time for me to start playing ball.
George: I told you, once we got rid of him!
Jimmy Chitwood: But, there's just one thing....
In the basketball scenes at the State Finals, the backboard have padded edges. Backboard padding wasn't added until years after the movie setting.
Director David Anspaugh is credited as Jack Nemo in the edited (and disowned by Anspaugh) television cut.
The TV version of the film has been disowned by director David Anspaugh, and its director's credit goes to "Jack Nemo".
$220,068 (USA) (16 November 1986)
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