Hickory Hasn't Changed Much
May 22, 2012 9:51 AM   Subscribe

This 18 minute short film (SLYT) travels to all the important locations from the movie Hoosiers. "Coach stays," and apparently everything else does too as very little has changed since they filmed the movie in 1986.
posted by COD (18 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Barbara Hershey once related to an interviewer that, while working with John Malkovich on Portrait of a Lady, she paid him the compliment that he was only the second co-star with whom she had been able to forget that she was acting. "And this is Malkovich for you," she added, "He didn't ask who the other one was."

Naturally, the other one was Gene Hackman.
posted by Trurl at 10:08 AM on May 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well, that's because the town is dead. There's no reason to spend money to tear it down, just board up the windows and paint the plywood white to look nice.
posted by leotrotsky at 10:18 AM on May 22, 2012


The American Midwest is a weird, wonderful place. That's very cool video.

Also, Gene Hackman is the greatest.
posted by The World Famous at 10:18 AM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hoosiers is the greatest sports movie ever!
posted by Mikon6 at 11:13 AM on May 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's a great movie, but sometimes I would like to get rid of the 80's music soundtrack.
posted by freakazoid at 11:15 AM on May 22, 2012


I would like to get rid of the 80's music soundtrack

I'm loathe to say anything against Jerry Goldsmith* but yeah, the synths sound terribly dated - in addition to being completely unsuited to the film's milieu.
posted by Trurl at 11:31 AM on May 22, 2012


The solution is to do everything in our power to make those particular terrible synth sounds become popular again, so that Hoosiers will seem fresh.

The trick, of course, will be to do so without unintentionally making people think it's a good idea to watch Vision Quest or St. Elmo's Fire.
posted by The World Famous at 11:33 AM on May 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wow, Vision Quest never crossed my '80s radar before. 28 year old Linda Fiorentino? Matthew Modine as a wrestler? Must watch.
posted by leotrotsky at 11:49 AM on May 22, 2012


Vision Quest rocked. That Pele scene always give me chills.
posted by any major dude at 11:52 AM on May 22, 2012


I caught Hoosiers on TV a couple of weeks ago. They actually cut out the scene where they arrive at the "monsterous" Butler Fieldhouse and measure the height of the rim and the distance to the F/T line, showing that those dimensions were exactly the same as their home court.

That was the essence of the movie, dammit! How could you cut that out?
posted by hwyengr at 12:12 PM on May 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Eh? There's absolutely nothing out of place in that movie. It's perfect.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:17 PM on May 22, 2012


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posted by drezdn at 12:23 PM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Vision Quest rocked. That Pele scene always give me chills.

For those following along at home, Vision Quest is a wrestling movie. And it does have a really great scene where a guy gives a brilliant monologue about soccer.
posted by The World Famous at 12:25 PM on May 22, 2012


Vision Quest also features an appearance by a very young Madonna.
posted by COD at 12:50 PM on May 22, 2012


It's a great movie, but sometimes I would like to get rid of the 80's music soundtrack.

The Academy disagreed; the score was nominated for an Academy Award. (Although I agree with you.)

Great story with Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. Doesn't get much better than that.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 1:22 PM on May 22, 2012


Nothing's changed in East Central Indiana because we exported our entire economy. Thanks, 1%. We'll just survive on soybeans and crystal meth.

The gym in Economy (that high school gym) was already chosen for the movie because it had been static since the 60's. It's still there; the town manages to keep the roof from leaking by renting it out for birthday parties and the like. My nephew had a birthday party there once.

The rest of it? Yeah. Indiana really does still look like that. A little less every year as another building is condemned or burns, but brick buildings can stand for a really long time without significant maintenance. I own one myself (a mansion I bought for $8000).
posted by Michael Roberts at 4:33 PM on May 22, 2012


I grew up in Indiana. It looks like that. Miles and miles of corn fields. No one will need to do a re-revisted version in 20 years because it won't change. Sort of comforting but mostly disturbing.
posted by dgran at 12:07 PM on May 25, 2012


I've spent a fair amount of time in Indiana and I can confirm what dgran is saying.

However, the same could be said for so many other parts of the U.S., as well, from the Central Valley of California to Wyoming, Idaho, the South, rural Virginia, New England, and plenty of other places. It's not really an Indiana thing as much as it's an away-from-the-major-cities thing.
posted by The World Famous at 6:36 PM on May 25, 2012


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