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Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Sport | 18 February 1994 (USA)
A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writer:

Ron Shelton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Pete Bell
Mary McDonnell ... Jenny Bell
J.T. Walsh ... Happy
Ed O'Neill ... Ed
Alfre Woodard ... Lavada McRae
Bob Cousy Bob Cousy ... Vic
Shaquille O'Neal ... Neon
Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway ... Butch McRae
Matt Nover ... Ricky Roe
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Slick
Anthony C. Hall ... Tony
Kevin Benton ... Jack
Bill Cross Bill Cross ... Freddie
Marques Johnson Marques Johnson ... Mel
Robert Wuhl ... Marty
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Storyline

Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has pressures from all around. Written by Rob Hartill

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If You're Going To Win At Any Cost, Be Prepared To Pay The Price See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basta vincere See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,355,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Bob Cousy shoots baskets, he was told to just keep shooting them as he talks to Nick Nolte, regardless of whether the baskets went in or not. But Cousy never missed, prompting Nolte to ad-lib his reaction. See more »

Goofs

Algiers, Louisiana was portrayed as being in a rural setting. Algiers is actually an urban neighborhood in the 15th Ward of New Orleans. See more »

Quotes

[Slick talking about Neon]
Slick: I'm not going to bullshit you Pete. He ain't no brain surgeon all right. He took the SAT recently and scored a 520 out of a possible 1600.
Pete Bell: 520? You get 400 for just spelling your name correctly.
Slick: That's it, he messed up on his name.
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Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
by Thomas A. Beckett
Arranged by Donovan C. Pennington
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Under-Rated Sports Film That Tells Important Story
15 September 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Blue Chips" is a vastly under-rated sports film which deals with the shady dealings of colleges and their players. Nick Nolte plays a college basketball coach who is so desperate to return to his glory days that he breaks the rules by giving his newest recruits (Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, and Matt Nover) basically anything they and their families want. School alumnus J.T. Walsh is the catalyst to these shady dealings and now the college has a winning team again, but at what price? "Blue Chips" is another one of William Friedkin's films that is much deeper than it first appears on the surface. With the exception of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist", this is his finest film as a director. His documentary-style makes you feel as if you are in on all the action. Numerous parts are played by real basketball players and coaches, adding a great bit of realism to the story. "The French Connection" benefited from this style by having real cops in key roles and "The Exorcist" did the same having priests play themselves. Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, and Matt Nover do surprisingly well with the material. They are all three-dimensional characters and shine throughout the film. However with that said, it is Nick Nolte who is the primary factor that makes the film well worth while. Far from perfect, but still a very good movie. 4 out of 5 stars.


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