They needed a second chance to finish first.

A hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach, Norman Dale, gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team. Facing resentment from the community and the team itself, Dale manages to inspire his young athletes, leading them to the state championship with the help of the assistant coach Shooter, who happens to be a recovering alcoholic.

  • 1HR 54MIN | PG
  • Sports

Cast & Crew

  • Gene Hackman

    Gene HackmanCoach Norman Dale

  • Barbara Hershey

    Barbara HersheyMyra Fleener

  • Dennis Hopper

    Dennis HopperShooter

  • Sheb Wooley

    Sheb WooleyCletus Summers

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