The Hoosiers Time Line: Later Years

The Hoosiers Time Line: 1988 through the present day


January: Videotapes of Hoosiers return to store shelves as Hemdale, Vestron, and the video division of HBO reach an out-of-court settlement that ends their legal battle over the movie’s home video rights.


Hoosiers is released on laserdisc.


The soundtrack is released on CD in Japan. The soundtrack is released on CD in Europe under the title “Best Shot.”


Hemdale Communications, formerly known as Hemdale Film Corp. (Hoosiers’ production company), is dissolved. Hemdale had filed for bankruptcy in 1991.


The Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis celebrates the 10th anniversary of Hoosiers’ release.


July: Orion Pictures, distributor of Hoosiers, is sold to MGM, which absorbs Orion’s film library.

December 9: Hoosiers is released on DVD.


Hoosiers is named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as a motion picture that is culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.


March 1: The two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD is released. It contains deleted scenes, the 1954 Milan state-championship game, commentary from the director and writer/producer, and other special features.


June 3–11: Knightstown celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hoosiers’ release.


March 13: The film is released on Blu-ray DVD.


June 4–5: Knightstown celebrates the 25th anniversary of Hoosiers’ filming.


Hoosiers celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Indiana release. Commemorative events are held in several cities and towns throughout the state, including Bloomington, Indianapolis, Decatur, Edinburgh, Nineveh, and Elkhart.


Hoosiers celebrates the 25th anniversary of its national release.

June 5: A Blu-ray DVD is released that contains all the same special features as the Collector’s Edition DVD. Events held in Milan celebrate the release of this DVD.

December 10: The soundtrack is released by Intrada.


March 20: Hoosiers director David Anspaugh returns to the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, the home gym of the Hickory Huskers, for the first time since the filming over 27 years earlier.

The Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum acquires many of the basketball uniforms and a few other clothing items and props from the film and displays them in its new building.


July 21: The NBA franchise Indiana Pacers announce that the team will wear red-and-gold Hickory uniforms, inspired by Hoosiers, in several games during the next couple of seasons.


September 16–17: Knightstown celebrates the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers’ release. Husker David Neidorf returns to the Hoosier Gym for the first time in 31 years.

See the Hoosiers time line from 1981 to 1987.