Gene Hackman gives the Huskers acting tips in the days before filming begins.
Director Anspaugh and Hackman, at right, attend a basketball practice of the Brownsburg Bulldogs. Hackman wanted to observe a real high school team in action. At left is Brownsburg coach Howard Leedy, who formerly coached Husker Kent Poole at Western Boone.
Gene Hackman signs an autograph for New Richmond postmaster and permanent extra Wilma Lewellyn.
Sheb Wooley entertains the crowd during some downtime in the filming of the Oolitic game.