That Moment In ‘Blue Chips’ When Coach Bell Has The Last Word

Blue Chips is a 1994 sports drama about a university basketball coach who is forced to break national collegiate athletic rules in order to keep his team competitive. Directed by William Friedkin, who you probably know as the director of classics like The Exorcist (1973) and To Live and Die in LA (1985) – and if you don’t then you need to be – the guy won an Academy Award for The French Connection (1971), which is one of the best movies you’ll ever see. Shifting to an athletics film, the movie itself features several real (some soon-to-be) professional basketball players while attempting to shine a light on corruption within the sport. It ultimately didn’t do so well at the box office, despite a great script and some compelling action, mostly because it avoided the typical underdog-wins-it-all sports trope, something that nearly all in the genre end up being. However, this is a smart little film with a strong lead performance and some authentic on court action.