Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Sport

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A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

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  • Mary McDonnell and Shaquille O'Neal in Blue Chips (1994)
  • Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway in Blue Chips (1994)
  • Nick Nolte and Larry Bird in Blue Chips (1994)
  • Matt Nover and Shaquille O'Neal in Blue Chips (1994)
  • Nick Nolte in Blue Chips (1994)
  • Nick Nolte in Blue Chips (1994)

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6 April 2017 | RaoulGonzo
| Deserves more attention!
Nick Nolte plays a college University basketball coach forced to break the rules in order to stay competitive. He deals with guilt and struggles internally with something he has always been against.

What a surprise Blue Chips was, expecting a below par sports movie (based on reviews) but found a thought provoking and entertaining 110 minutes. To begin with it hits the normal sports movie beats but just when you think the drama is going one way, suddenly it doesn't and that only adds realism to the action.

William Friedkin does an excellent job in creating a tense and real life atmosphere, almost documentary style at least during the game-play scenes that makes you feel fully immersed. It's clear Friedkin and co have thoroughly researched this area and you get a sense of that while watching. The use of real life Basketball players and coaches adds to the authenticity.

During the drama the film deals with the shady dealings that no doubt goes on in American sports at college level (It's a massive deal, where careers and futures are made). A story of greed, cheating and pressure to win. Nolte is great in the role and gets to show off his soft side while also providing his well known manic style. Blue Chips really is an under-rated film although not perfect it deserves to be more well known.

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