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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 25, 2017
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nick Nolte & Shaquille O'Neal|
|Performer:||Mary McDonnell, Ed O'Neill, J.T. Walsh, Alfre Woodard, Matt Nover, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway & Robert Wuhl|
|Directed by||William Friedkin|
|Edited by||Robert K. Lambert & David Rosenbloom|
|Screenwriting by||Ron Shelton|
|Composition by||Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber & Nile Rodgers|
|Cameo:||Dick Vitale, Larry Bird, Rick Fox, Jerry Tarkanian, Jim Boeheim, Kevin Garnett, Allan Houston & Bobby Knight|
|Director of Photography:||Tom Priestley Jr.|
A deafness-inducing but otherwise ho-hum would-be expose of shady recruiting practices by college basketball programs.
Rating: 3/4 -- [An] effective, if overlong basketball drama. Full Review
Watching various hoop stars and legends trying to act is cringeworthy, O'Neal particularly bad, but Friedkin's movie, written by sports film specialist Shelton has a lot of passion. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- What Friedkin brings to the story is a tone that feels completely accurate; the movie is a morality play, told in the realistic, sometimes cynical terms of modern high-pressure college sports. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- A rare example of an entry into this genre that attempts to be honest and unique. Full Review
...Realistic touches....The cast is full of real players...
Rating: 3.5/5 -- If Mr. Friedkin didn't have to work so strenuously framing two-shots of Mr. Nolte with this seven-foot athlete, it might be hard to remember that Mr. O'Neal has a day job.
New York Times
When a college basketball coach (Nick Nolte) has his first losing season, he must decide between his personal sense of values and the value of a winning team. Does he "buy" hot prospects and win, only to lose his self-respect' Featuring cameo appearances by real-life basketball legends Bobby Knight, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and co-starring Shaquille O'Neal as "the find."
In the wide world of sports, college athletics is a high-powered game unto itself, plagued by political corruption, financial coercion and academic dishonesty. Such are the issues confronting dedicated coach Pete Bell who has come to the realization that no matter what he does, his team of underdogs can't win -- at least not without some new talent. After issuing a national search, Pete makes prospective players promises he knows he can't keep. Though he despises what he has to do, the new recruits prove worth their weight in gold and the answer to all coach Pete's prayers.
- William Friedkin, award winning director of "The French Connection" was born in Chicago. He began making films and documentaries in his native city. After directing a number of comedies and a film with Sonny & Cher he made "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."
- "Blue Chips" was directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin from a screenplay written by executive producer Ron Shelton and Michele Rappaport.
- Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard's addition credits include: "Cross Creek," "Passion Fish," "Grand Canyon" " Scrooged," "Bopha!," "Hearts and Souls," "Miss Firecracker" and "Remember My Name."
- Six-time Emmy-nominee and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York. He made his acting debut when he was 17. Some of his film credits include: "Return to Lonesome Dove," "Father & Sons: Dangerous Relations," "Sudie & Simpson," " Gideon Oliver" and "Roots: The Gift."
- Screenwriter Ron Shelton, has written many sports related scripts including: "White Men Can't Jump" and "Bull Durham."
- Most of the actors/players are real college basketball players, cast for their abilities as actors and talented players.
- TM & Copyright 1994 Paramount Pictures.