Hoosiers (1986) High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach, abrasive and unlikable Norman Dale, whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy. Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper...2b
Gene Hackman — I love this man. Total baked potato. When he was 13, out on the street playing ball with a friend, his dad drove by, gave a casual wave, and thus left the family for good. He saw his father again but still gets choked up, recalling that wave. "It's only been 65 years," he joked. "Makes you a better actor."