Blue Chips

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The Movie: Blue Chips

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Dedicated college basketball coach Pete Bell (Nick Nolte) has come to the realization that no matter what he does, his team of underdogs at Western University can’t win – at least not without some new talent. After issuing a national search, Pete makes prospective players promises he knows he can’t keep. Though he despises what he has done to get them, the new recruits prove to be worth their weight in gold and the answer to all coach Pete’s prayers. But is it worth it?

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Back in the 1990s, largely thanks to the historic championship run of the Chicago Bulls, basketball was all the rage. A stream of basketball-centric movies clamored for the big screen, and while there are a lot of duds out there among them, Blue Chips and the story of a college coach struggling to balance his passion for the purity of the game, his desire to win, his frustration with losing, and eventually his moral backbone. Oh, and did I mention this movie is directed by The French Connection and The Exorcist filmmaker William Friedkin? Read More »