(12-27-19) The deleted scenes from ‘Hoosiers’ that are featured on the 2-disc Hoosiers Collector’s Edition is a must see for those of us who have watched the film numerous times and can quote the many famous lines from it.
The deleted scenes for many die-hard fans answer several questions and the effect it had on the final release of the movie.
Deleted scenes from ‘Hoosiers’
On the Way to Hickory On his journey through the countryside, Norman stops in Terhune for gas. There he encounters Junior, nosy owner of the gas station / general store (and coach of the local basketball team, as seen during the sectional game) and his basket-shooting son J. June. Before Norman arrives at Hickory High
Editor’s Note – a very brief portion of the above scene is included in the opening credits when Norman Dale is pulling into the gas station
Coach Dale and Cletus Walk Through School Cletus explains to Norman the importance of basketball in Hickory. After Norman visits Cletus in his office
Dinner at Cletus’s House Norman has dinner with Cletus and his wife and daughter during his first evening in Hickory. Loetta grills Norman about his personal life. Millie and Cletus mention the barbershop meet-and-greet that will take place that night. After Norman and Cletus talk outside on the farm at sunset
The Harvest The townspeople gather on Rollin Butcher’s 100-acre farm to harvest part of the corn crop by hand. Rollin and Norman discuss the topics of change and progress. After the basketball practice where Whit returns and apologizes and the curious townspeople are thrown out
Editor’s Note – Another scene, not included on the DVDs, came after “The Harvest” and before this one. It showed Norman in his classroom, finding out from the other Huskers that Buddy is absent because he has transferred to Terhune.
The Transfer This is actually two separate scenes put together. In the first one, Norman vents his anger at Cletus after learning that Buddy, to avoid having Norman as a coach and teacher, has transferred to Terhune. In the second scene, Myra tells Norman she’ll be attending the first home game that night with her mother. She also compliments Norman on how he handled the difficult pep session that afternoon.
Editor’s Note – The first scene goes after “The Harvest.” The second scene goes after the pep session and before the first home game.
Buddy Asks to Come Back As Loetta tries to engage a reticent Norman in conversation, Buddy arrives and tells Norman he wants to return to Hickory High and rejoin the Huskers. After the first home game against Oolitic
Producer Angelo Pizzo talks about the importance of this scene:
“This was actually the last scene to be cut. This is what got us under two hours, I believe. We fought for it. We felt that everybody would notice that Buddy just magically appeared on the team.”
Editor’s note – Dave Schmidt talks with Laura (Robling) Lee who played Loetta, a Hickory Cheerleader – 3-7-14 Loetta, the only cheerleader with a speaking role. Loetta was the daughter of high school principal Cletus and his wife Millie. She also was Buddy’s girlfriend. …if you are a “Hoosiers” fan you will love this interview . Many of her scenes.were cut from the film and are featured in these deleted scenes.
Dinner at Myra’s Norman has dinner with Myra and Opal at their home. Myra is uncomfortable having Norman there and becomes annoyed with her mother’s comments about her. After the sorghum grinding
Encouraging the Team At the end of practice, Norman tells the Huskers they must become a tough team to play against. Then Norman and Everett discuss Shooter. Before Norman visits Shooter at his home in the woods
*Waiting for the Vote The Huskers and cheerleaders wait nervously in the church vestibule during the town meeting. They attempt to go in and defend Norman but are turned away at the door. During the meeting, after Myra says “Give him a chance” and before the attendees vote for the first time
Editor’s Note – The deleted scene *above and the *deleted scene below are related to this scene from the movie.
*Norman Thanks Myra Norman asks Myra why she stood up for him at the town meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, as everyone is leaving
Praying for Victory In his pregame locker room talk, Norman advises the Huskers to play through their nerves and not to be overconfident. Rev. Doty wants to give the invocation, but Norman prefers that Preacher Purl do so. Before the sectional game
The Haircut As Opal gives Norman a haircut in her dining room, they discuss the upcoming regional game. After Norman visits Shooter in the hospital
Editor’s note – The love story between Myra and Norman took the hardest hit from deleted scenes, making the clip that did make the final cut below seem out of place.
The Caravan The team bus and other vehicles line up in downtown Hickory before heading toward Indianapolis and the state finals. All the townspeople are present to see off the Huskers and wish them luck. Norman and Myra discuss the future.