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Filming of "Hoosiers" fondly remembered decades later by those who were there

Posted at 8:41 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 20:27:13-05

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. -- It's a movie that's near and dear to the hearts of Hoosiers - not only was it filmed in the state but it starred some hometown talent as well. 

In 1985 the movie "Hoosiers" was shot in nine different locations around the state of Indiana, but the Knightstown gym was the focal point of the film. 

Producers spent six weeks in Knightstown filming some of the most important scenes with actor Gene Hackman. 

After three decades the famous gymnasium still draws a crowd. Over 48,000 people visited the gym in 2016, and 50 teams played games there. 

"We tell visitors we have two rules. If you dunk you can't hang on the rim and number two you must make your last shot before you leave," said Hoosier Gym volunteer Bob Garner. "Some people continue to miss cause they want to continue to shoot."

"Hoosiers" received two Oscar nominations in 1987.

Dennis Hopper was up for Best Supporting Actor but lost to Michael Caine for his role in "Hannah and Her Sisters." The second was a nomination for Best Music, Original Score. 

Watch the video above to hear from some of the Hoosiers who made their mark on Hollywood in this big motion picture.