Blue Chips

Released 1994


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William Friedkin
Blue Chips is a 1994 sports film surrounding college basketball players. Pete Bell (Nolte) is the coach of the struggling Western University Dolphins and he must bring in some hot prospects, despite the fact that they are secretly being paid by the top colleges in the country. Bell feels that he has no choice but to fall into this practice. The team gives Neon Boudeaux (Shaquille O'Neal), Butch McRae (Anfernee Hardaway), and Ricky Roe (Matt Nover) various cars and other luxury items to ensure their playing for the Dolphins. Ed (Ed O'Neill), a sportswriter, begins to suspect that Bell is paying his players and tried to uncover the scandal. Bell's wife Jenny (Mary McDonnell) is tutoring Neon, but eventually finds out that Bell has been immorally recruiting and becomes very angry with him. The guilt piles up on Bell when he finds out that one of his former players had done point shaving in order to appease gamblers and then has to make a decision whether to tell the truth and lose his job or continue in his own self interest.moreless


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  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    William Friedkin's Blue Chips, somewhat flawed but pungently honest, is one film that manages to beat the odds and stretch beyond the formula manipulations. [18 Feb 1994, p.05]

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is told almost entirely from Nolte's point of view, and he makes an immensely likable character right from the top.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    Blue Chips is in many ways like a modern Frank Capra movie, about a battle between corruption and idealism, money vs. love, the pack vs. the individual. It's an Americana story abo...

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Drama, Sports