HOOSIERS
1986, MGM Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Gene Hackman is a high school basketball coach in 1950s Indiana whose methods - and his choice of the alcoholic Shooter (Dennis Hopper) as assistant coach - are second-guessed by nearly everyone in town. But his belief that teamwork is more important than star players eventually brings the school to the state championships. Based on actual events, HOOSIERS remains one of the most inspiring sports movies ever made. With Barbara Hershey.


THE INDIAN RUNNER
1991, MGM Repertory, 125 min, USA, Dir: Sean Penn

Inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman," this auspicious debut for first-time director Sean Penn focuses on the Cain and Abel relationship between two loving brothers, small-town lawman David Morse and Vietnam vet Viggo Mortensen. Often unbearably moving but never sentimental, it features a gallery of stand-out performances by Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette and Valeria Golino.


APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
1979, American Zoetrope, 202 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Reluctant assassin Martin Sheen leads a motley crew of soldiers upriver to find unhinged and off-the-map colonel Marlon Brando in director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly surreal Vietnam epic. The film's arresting score incorporates both original music by Coppola and his father, composer Carmine Coppola, and Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." Adapted from Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' and co-starring - among many others - Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper (in one of his greatest supporting performances).


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