Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other.Written by
There is one scene in the film, where a brick is thrown through Coach Boone's window. In real-life, it was an old toilet that was thrown, but filmmakers thought that would add humor to the serious situation. See more »
Player uniforms throughout the film look unrealistically grass stained, as if they've been intentionally distressed. See more »
[on Alan's "singing"]
Does the term "cruel and unusual punishment" mean anything to you?
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
Recent network television (ABC) edition (aired 8/15/2005) reinstated 6 minutes of previously deleted scenes back into the storyline. (119 minutes sans end credit running time). See more »
Other reviewers here have covered the backstory, the direction, the production, and just about everything there is to cover for this excellent and unforgettable film. Except for one thing. It is a peculiarity of the film business that some actors peak early, for no obvious reason, and others just keep on going, like the Energizer rabbit. Michael Caine -- excuse me SIR Caine -- has been making movies for decades. Sometimes he is brilliant and sometimes he is not. Samuel L. Jackson has been in so many movies that (to this reviewer) it seems like the writers have reached the point where they no longer bother naming a character, they just pencil in the margins that they have written a part for Jackson. Denzel, who was beyond brilliant here, it is so hard to imagine anyone else doing this role with the conviction and the diction that is his trademark, seems to have stopped doing these sorts of parts (written in 2013) and frankly, more's the pity. Hollywood is like that. So on top of all the other excellent reasons to see and enjoy this film, here is one more. Denzel at his peak. What more can I say?
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