Hoosiers was released into theaters on November 14th, 1986. Filming locations include Crawfordsville, Knightstown, Lebanon, New Richmond and Terhune, In. The film was directed by David Anspaugh, who would go on to direct another inspirational underdog sports film seven years later in Rudy. Gene Hackman played the lead of Coach Norman Dale. It's been well documented over the years how problematic Hackman was for Anspaugh during filming, even driving the first time film director to the brink of a nervous breakdown. Dennis Hopper was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Shooter. Jerry Goldsmith wrote and composed the films score, also earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. The films first DVD release was on December 9th, 1997.
Bridge Coach Dale drives over - County Rd. 175 East Crawfordsville, In. 47933
The 192 foot long iron truss bridge had been there since 1913, but was removed in 1991 and replaced with a more modern bridge. He was traveling north over Sugar Creek.
Store Coach Dale stops at - North 1000 East Terhune, In. 46069 (between Harrison St. and E. Sims St.)
The building still stands and has been converted into apartments. The Terhune Grain Corp. grain elevator and silo that's seen in the background have been gone since the early 90's.
Coach Dale stops at the crossroads - South 25 West (Pittsboro Rd.) and West 600 South Lebanon, In. 46052
The small church seen in this scene was The Concord Church of Christ. It was burned down by an arsonist on January 10th, 1994.
Downtown Hickory - Washington St. and Wabash St. New Richmond, In. 47967
(New Richmond, Indiana)
When Coach Dale is first driving into town he's traveling south on North 400 West or Wabash St. The 335 population town fully embraces it's Hoosier history and there are numerous reminders throughout the small community. Today, the barber shop in the film is the Hickory Cafe, located at 102 Washington St.
All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.
Hickory Huskers gym - 355 N. Washington St. Knightstown, In. 46148
The gym was built on December 1st, 1921 for the Knightstown Community School. Renovations were done to the gym in 1932 and 1952. In 1966, the gym closed due to a new school and gym being built for the Knightstown Panthers and for the next nineteen years it was used sparingly. By 1988, even with the success and popularity of the film, the gym faced possible demolition, until Historic Knightstown and Historic Landmarks of Indiana stepped forward to help preserve the gym. Today, in addition to serving as a museum for the movie, the gym hosts high school teams from around the country. It attracts roughly 70,000 tourists per year. Visitors are taken on tours of the gym and locker room and they're even allowed to play basketball on the court themselves. The gym is kept looking like it did in the film and it's very well maintained, while still keeping that old school charm. The staff is also very accommodating and knowledgeable about it's history.
All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.
Me shooting in the gym.
Cletus Summers home - 5170 North 400 West Crawfordsville, In. 47933
The house, garage and barn were all built at some point prior to 1955. The house still stands, but the other structures have since collapsed.
Town meeting - 5946 N. Howard St. Lebanon, In. 46052
(Elizaville Baptist Church)
The church was built in 1894.