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April 4, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
The man who made perhaps the most famous shot in cinematic hoops history never played high school basketball. "I tried out three years in a row," Maris Valainis says, "and I got cut three years in a row." But as Jimmy Chitwood in the venerated 1986 film "Hoosiers," Valainis calmly sinks the game-winning jumper to give the Hickory High Huskers the 1952 Indiana state title. Movie fans haven't forgotten. Valainis says he's still recognized from his portrayal of Chitwood, whose shy, reserved personality is similar to his own. "When I'm playing, yes," says Valainis, whose picture-perfect shooting form can still be seen in Southland pickup games, "and when I'm out sometimes too. "If I'm in a social situation, I'll get a lot of, ‘You look really familiar to me.' And then finally someone will figure it out, which is amazing to me that 25 years later people would remember.
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April 4, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
The man who made perhaps the most famous shot in cinematic hoops history never played high school basketball. "I tried out three years in a row," Maris Valainis says, "and I got cut three years in a row." But as Jimmy Chitwood in the venerated 1986 film "Hoosiers," Valainis calmly sinks the game-winning jumper to give the Hickory High Huskers the 1952 Indiana state title. Movie fans haven't forgotten. Valainis says he's still recognized from his portrayal of Chitwood, whose shy, reserved personality is similar to his own. "When I'm playing, yes," says Valainis, whose picture-perfect shooting form can still be seen in Southland pickup games, "and when I'm out sometimes too. "If I'm in a social situation, I'll get a lot of, ‘You look really familiar to me.' And then finally someone will figure it out, which is amazing to me that 25 years later people would remember.
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March 13, 2008 | DANA PARSONS
Holed up in a Bradenton, Fla., motel Sunday night, I did what any tourist would do who'd traveled cross-country for vacation -- I turned on the TV. The gods smiled; "Hoosiers" was on the air again. Man, how many ways do I love that movie? How many times have I seen it? And it's not just me. A couple years ago, ESPN dubbed it the best sports movie of the last 25 years. I spent four boyhood years in small-town Nebraska where my father coached the Marquette Cubs and took them to the state basketball tournament, so it's no surprise that "Hoosiers" moves me. Every time the camera shows Gene Hackman throwing a chest pass in practice or the single-file line of cars making road trips over Indiana country highways or those 1950s gyms and Midwestern farms, it all comes back.
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March 13, 2008 | DANA PARSONS
Holed up in a Bradenton, Fla., motel Sunday night, I did what any tourist would do who'd traveled cross-country for vacation -- I turned on the TV. The gods smiled; "Hoosiers" was on the air again. Man, how many ways do I love that movie? How many times have I seen it? And it's not just me. A couple years ago, ESPN dubbed it the best sports movie of the last 25 years. I spent four boyhood years in small-town Nebraska where my father coached the Marquette Cubs and took them to the state basketball tournament, so it's no surprise that "Hoosiers" moves me. Every time the camera shows Gene Hackman throwing a chest pass in practice or the single-file line of cars making road trips over Indiana country highways or those 1950s gyms and Midwestern farms, it all comes back.
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April 21, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I'll make it." --Jimmy Chitwood, "Hoosiers" Jerry Dawson has officiated dozens of recreation league basketball games at the small Salvation Army gym on Edinger Avenue. But something was bothering Dawson on this April evening, something he couldn't quite place. Maris Valainis stood out among the 10 guys playing in the 6-feet-4-and-under league game that night. Dawson recognized that jump shot, the one so perfect it should be cast in gold and sitting atop a trophy.
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December 1, 1999 | MARTIN BECK
Nico Bollini of Yorba Linda lost in the semifinals of the Polo Golf Junior Classic last week at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Bollini, a junior at Servite, defeated Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., 5 and 3, in the quarterfinals, then lost, 4 and 3, to Bill Haas of Greer, S.C. Haas is son of PGA Tour player Jay Haas. Nick Dougherty, England's top junior, won the title, beating Haas, 3 and 2, in Saturday's final.
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May 29, 1988 | DAVID PECCHIA
With the Lakers blasting off toward their NBA destiny, we got to wondering what became of that other team of destiny, the Hickory Huskers, which Gene Hackman coached to an Indiana state championship in the 1986 sleeper hit "Hoosiers." Save for David Neidorf, the roster was made up of amateur thesps, picked by director David Anspaugh from 600 candidates for their ability to look natural and play ball.
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April 21, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY and Sources: Maris Valainis, Bobby Plump and NSB Film Corporation.
Strange but true facts about the 1986 movie "Hoosiers": --After filming, producers bought the actors portraying Hickory High players state championship rings that read: "1952 Indiana State High School Champions" encircled around the players' names. They got a deal on them, too. Brad Long, the actor who played Buddy, the team's mouthy point guard, sold class rings.
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April 21, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A who's who of Indiana basketball gathered last year in Indianapolis to film a TV commercial for a local insurance company. Among the distinguished guests were George McGinnis, Jerry Sichting, Mike Woodson, Don Busey, Louis Dampier and a guy named Bobby Plump. During taping, McGinnis surveyed the group, noting that several players had worn Indiana Mr. Basketball's No. 1 jersey and some had played in the NBA. Then he turned to Plump.
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April 21, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I'll make it." --Jimmy Chitwood, "Hoosiers" Jerry Dawson has officiated dozens of recreation league basketball games at the small Salvation Army gym on Edinger Avenue. But something was bothering Dawson on this April evening, something he couldn't quite place. Maris Valainis stood out among the 10 guys playing in the 6-feet-4-and-under league game that night. Dawson recognized that jump shot, the one so perfect it should be cast in gold and sitting atop a trophy.
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March 10, 2005 | Mike Penner
Released just in time for optimum March Madness cross-promotional opportunities, the new double-DVD "collector's edition" of the movie "Hoosiers" comes with a bundle of extras, many of them questions. What if Jack Nicholson had played the part of Coach Norman Dale instead of Gene Hackman? What if Harry Dean Stanton had taken the role of Shooter instead of Dennis Hopper?
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December 11, 1986 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
Come on, you movie know-it-alls, you holiday-season cynics, resist "Hoosiers" if you can. (It opens Friday at UA Coronet for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run.) But why would you want to? It's as engaging, as modest, as utterly American and as thrilling as the true-life story it's based on. In that one, the basketball team from Indiana's Milan High School (that's pronounced Mile-an), enrollment 164, played its way to the 1954 Indiana State basketball championships.
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