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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.
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In real-life, Coach Bill Yoast has four daughters: Bonnie, Angela, Sheryl, and Deidre. Unlike in the film, all four daughters lived with their mother, Betty Yoast, after their parents divorced. Bonnie was in college, Angela went to a different high school, and Deidre was only three years-old in 1971, but Sheryl attended most of the games and other events with her father, so the filmmakers thought it would be distracting to depict the other three girls. While Bill Yoast was not happy about that, the sisters were fine with it, and rather enjoyed the movie.
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The real Sheryl Yoast unfortunately led a relatively short life, passing away from an undetected heart condition in 1996 at the age of 34. Sheryl had been a major supporter of her father's coaching efforts, though by her father's own account she was not as rabid of a football fan as the film depicts. However, because of the relationship that she had with her father, her hearty interest in sports in general, and her untimely death before this film was produced, her three sisters had no problem with Sheryl being portrayed as an only child while they were omitted from the film.
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According to Coach Herman Boone in an article published by ESPN, he really did integrate the buses before they left for football camp. Boone said "I forced them on each other, I forced them to learn each other's culture. I forced them to be a part of each other's lives."
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After Boaz Yakin was hired to direct the movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer learned that Yakin did not know anything about American football. He then arranged for Yakin to attend a football camp, where he picked up enough information in two weeks to resume full-speed work afterward.
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The original script was full of profanity but Disney, in an effort to produce a good family film, asked Jerry Bruckheimer to remove all extreme profanity from the script.
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As part of Boaz Yakin's efforts at authenticity, two of the referees in the film - E.Y. Coley and B. Keith Harmon, who played the crooked referee - are real-life officials with the Atlanta Area Football Officials Association.
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The film is made more accessible to non-fans of football by careful music editing. Whenever the Titans complete a key play, or turn the game in their favor, the music changes to upbeat rock.
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Opened with a gross of 20.905 million dollars in the U.S., and stopped September 2000 from being one of the worst months for movies ever.
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The song "Titan's Spirit" from this film's soundtrack is an instrumental medley mainly taken from the film's score during moments when Coach Herman Boone gave inspirational speeches. The song has been used as themes for numerous sporting events. The New York Yankees played the song when they received their rings for the 2009 World Series Championship and the New York Mets played the song in a commemorative event to close out their longtime home, Shea Stadium. As of 2015, it has been played on at least one of the United States' broadcasts of the Olympic Games for every Olympics since the film was released. The song was also used during the 2008 Democratic National Convention to accompany the celebration and fireworks at Invesco Field after future president Barack Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech, and was also used immediately following his victory speech upon winning the 2008 Presidential Election. In 2018, the song was used during the trophy presentation ceremony to the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. The Capitals practice in Arlington, just a few miles from TC Williams.
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T.C. Williams High really did go 13-0 during the 1971 season, 9 of them being shutouts.
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Tourists often went to the real T.C. Williams High School after the movie was released, according to Sports Illustrated, and were very surprised that the real school does not look like the one in the movie. The movie was not filmed in Alexandria; it was filmed in various locations in Georgia.
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The school used for T.C. Williams is Druid Hills High School, in DeKalb County, Georgia. The school has no stadium though, so the football games were filmed at Berry College, and at other High Schools in the Atlanta area including Paulding County High School and Sprayberry High School in Marietta. GA.
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In the movie, the character of Dr. Day is portrayed as the School Board Chairman. In fact, while Dr. Day was the first African-American to serve on Alexandria School Board, and was on the Board in the year George Washington and Hammond High Schools were reorganized, to achieve integration in the schools, the actual School Board Chairman at the time, was Norman Schrott.
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Ray Budds, Alan Bosley, Fred Bosley, and Coach Tyrell are just some of the many fictional characters created for the film to make it more conflicting and dramatic.
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The Perry High School marching band, from Perry, Georgia, portrayed the marching band of T.C. Williams High School. Perry was chosen, because their uniforms were of the same colors as those of T.C. Williams High School. All of the band music in the film, is actually played by them, and as thanks for their participation in the film, they were given a semi-truck trailer.
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The state championship game was played at 12 o'clock noon on Saturday, not at night as portrayed in the movie.
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A story recounted by director Paul Thomas Anderson on the Director's Cut podcast says that despite a Pasadena test screening scoring the film at a near-flawless 98 percent, a Disney executive nervously pondered that there was "work to do" on the film. Nevertheless, the film was a box-office hit and has endured a long afterlife on home video and cable.
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In real life, Coach Bill Yoast and his wife, Betty Yoast, bore four daughters instead of just one. His daughters are: Bonnie Jean Yoast Jeffries, Angela "Angie" Mildred Yoast Garrison, Sheryl Elizabeth Yoast Matthews (who was portrayed by Hayden Panettiere in this film), and Deidre "Dee Dee" Louise Yoast Fox. Bonnie was born on January 17th, 1951, and died on November 10th, 2003. She is buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. She is survived by three daughters and six grandchildren. Angela was born in 1956 and lives in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and children. Sheryl was born on February 5th, 1962, and died on May 4th, 1996 from a heart malfunction. She is buried close to her oldest sister Bonnie in the same cemetery. She is survived by her husband and their only child. Deidre was born in 1968 and also lives in Springfield, Virginia with her husband and children. In total, Bill and Betty Yoast have seven grandchildren and at least six great-grandchildren.
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The football camp, to which the players go, was filmed at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia. Berry has never had a football team (except for intermural flag football). The quadrangle of buildings, in which the players stayed, are really girl's dormitories. Many students can be seen in the background of these shots, as classes were in session during filming.
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The actual name of the High School opponent in the championship game was Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia.
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Much of this movie was filmed in Covington, Georgia. The home field scenes were filmed at Sharp Stadium. The scene where Gary's car gets hit by the truck, is in the Square in Covington. You can see the Newton County Courthouse in the background, as the truck crashes into Gary's car.
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In the film, Denzel Washington's character speaks about the Civil War, and its importance for race relations. Washington previously acted as a Civil War soldier in Glory (1989), a film about the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black regiment in the U.S. Army.
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Victory Stadium, where the actual championship game was played, was demolished in July 2006. In the 1970s, Victory Stadium was the home field for Jefferson, Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Addison & Roanoke Catholic High Schools.
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Although T.C. Williams High School did play George C. Marshall High, they did not play in a championship game. They played during the regular season, and it was as depicted in the movie...A come from behind 4th quarter win.
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One of the main football fields, used for filming, was Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia.
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When Ronnie Bass and his father first arrive, it is established that Bass's father is a Marine Corps pilot, but his wings are those of an Air Force command pilot.
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The three schools that merged were T.C. Williams, Francis C. Hammond and George Washington. T.C. Williams got all the juniors and seniors while Hammond and George Washington split the freshmen and sophomores.
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Basketball Player Lebron James' favorite movie.
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After Barack H. Obama, then President-Elect of the United States of America, finished giving his speech after being elected as the first African-American president in Grant Park, Chicago on November 4th 2008, Trevor Rabin's "Titan's Spirit" was cranked up to signify the enormity of the moment.
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Wood Harris and Donald Faison later starred together in Next Day Air (2009)
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Burgess Jenkins is in 3 episodes of Nashville where one of its main stars is Hayden Panetterie
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Although produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the "Jerry Bruckheimer Films" logo does not appear in the film, nor does the print logo appear on the poster for the film or on the home video release. Though the company name is credited on the opening credits and the copyright info.
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Gary Bertier was injured in an automobile accident and paralyzed for the rest of his life from the waist down. However, this did not happen until after the 1971 regular football season was already over; he played in all thirteen games. It was also not, as depicted, due to being hit by another car: Bertier lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole; the cause was determined to be mechanical failure in the engine's motor mount. Following his surgery, many other teammates besides Julius Campbell also used the pretense of being immediate family to see him in the hospital.
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The final score in the championship game was 27-0, won by T.C. Williams High School. Andrew Lewis totaled negative rushing yardage during the game.
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