Release: November 14, 1986

Based on a true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

Merle Webb: "Let's win this game for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here. -Merle Webb"
Coach Norman Dale: "My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment. -Coach Norman Dale"
Jimmy Chitwood: "I play, coach stays. He goes, I go. -Jimmy Chitwood"
Coach Norman Dale: "Strap, God wants you on the floor. -Coach Norman Dale"
Myra Fleener: "Leave him alone, alright? He's a real special kid and, and I have high hopes for him and... I think if he works really hard, he can get an academic scholarship to Wabash College and can get out of this place. -Myra Fleener"
Opal Fleener: "Sun don't shine on the same dog's ass everyday, but, mister you ain't seen a ray of light since you got here. -Opal Fleener"
Coach Norman Dale: "I've seen you guys can shoot but there's more to the game than shooting. There's fundamentals and defense. -Coach Norman Dale"
Coach Norman Dale: "If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners. -Coach Norman Dale"
George: "Look, mister, there's... two kinds of dumb, uh... guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don't matter, the second one you're kinda forced to deal with. -George"
Myra Fleener: "You know, a basketball hero around here is treated like a god, er, uh, how can he ever find out what he can really do? I don't want this to be the high point of his life. I've seen them, the real sad ones. They sit around the rest of their lives talking -Myra Fleener"
Coach Norman Dale: "There's a, um tradition in tournament play- not talk about the next step until you've climbed the one in front of you. I'm sure going to the state finals is beyond your wildest dreams, so let's just keep it right there. -Coach Norman Dale"
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