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Hey! Remember that spy movie Gene Hackman made with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1991? The one where they apparently ran out of money with 20 minutes left and had to lazily end the movie halfway up the Eiffel Tower with one guy suffering from a gunshot wound, the bad guys still patrolling and the femme fatale disappeared? No, you don’t remember. Because why would you have bothered seeing “Company Business” if Hackman & Co. didn’t bother to complete a coherent thought? They’re trying to say that post-Cold War politics makes classic spywork confusing. Apparently, it makes for confusing movies as well.

A lot of people believe sports are a metaphor for life. And a lot of people believe strong metaphors drive great movies. Thusly, a lot of people believe “Hoosiers” (1986) is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports movies of all time. It helps that it was born from a wonderful, true underdog story about a basketball team from a tiny town in Indiana that goes all the way to the state finals. The moviemakers then weave in multiple layers of additional underdogs and others struggling for redemption. And it all comes together in the big game. Perfect.