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Nearly 25 years after its release, "Hoosiers" still resonates

Updated: November 18, 2010, 12:41 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | ESPN The Magazine

"Hoosiers" almost never was.

"The conventional wisdom said that basketball didn't work on the screen," says screenwriter Angelo Pizzo. And most of Hollywood bought into that. Pizzo and director David Anspaugh, a friend and fellow Indiana U. alum, believed in their script about a small-town high school hoops team that improbably makes it to the state finals. And after two years of shopping it around, they built enough backing to fund a bare-bones production budget of $6 ...

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