A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
- David Anspaugh
- Angelo Pizzo
- De Haven Productions
- Hemdale Film
A classic tale of redemption, this film features a volatile coach and a former star player-turned alcoholic leading a small-town basketball team on an improbable run to the Indiana high school championship game. Coach Norman Dale encounters several hurdles in his path: a feisty teacher determined to keep the best player from going out for the team, a town chock full of second-guessing fathers, and a group of undisciplined athletes. Story inspired by the Milan (Indiana) Indians' state title of 1954.