Blue Chips: Directed by William Friedkin. With Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill. A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.
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Blue Chips is a 1994 American basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach trying to recruit a winning team. His players were portrayed by actors as well as real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and cameos include noted basketball ...
Verified purchase. Back when movies were great and concepts were simple. Nick Nolte stars as Pete Bell- a legendary college coach who's use to winning but recently has fallen on hard times having a losing season. He goes out to recruit 3 major stars to rebuild his franchise: Penny Hardaway who plays Butch McCray, Matt Nover (Ricky Roe) and Shaquille O' Neal (Neon Boudeeaux).
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This movie is a good mix of drama and comedy. Nick Nolte is a frustrated coach who suffers his worst season as a coach. Nolte has a good track record of winning but he now simply does not have the talent. Enter Shaq, Penny Hardaway and Matt Nover. They are three great players Nolte wants to join his team but they want special accommodations. This movie was good throughout and had a good ending.
With Nick Nolte playing an empassioned college basketball coach desperate to break a losing streak, Blue Chips is a great basketbal movie.
NICK NOLTE (actor, Coach Bell) Billy Friedkin and Ron Shelton came out to my house with a script. They said, “Go upstairs and read it right now.” They said, “Go upstairs and read it right ...
Big-college basketball is on trial as the movie BLUE CHIPS bursts onto the screen with a profanity-filled tirade from Western University basketball coach Pete Bell (played by Nick Nolte) trying to psych-up his mediocre team and pull out a win to avoid a first-ever losing season. The answer to Pete’s woes is recruitment, but successful recruiting costs money–under the table money, that is–and Coach Pete flatly refuses to cheat.
If they get caught doing that, they get fired. It's a vicious circle. Pete Bell, the coach played by Nick Nolte in William Friedkin's new film "Blue Chips," has so far remained entirely honest. But he's just had his first losing season, after a career that has brought his teams two national titles.
It couples Nick Nolte as a college basketball coach with Shaq and Penny Hardaway as star players. The story chronicles Nolte’s struggles as a coach of a failing team with the imminent booster pressure to pay for players. While that practice has allegedly become less common in this era of the NCAA, there’s no doubt it still goes on.