At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejected black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
AT 2;51 It is mentioned that Hoskins played for "Mr. Iba", that was basketball legend Henry "Hank" Iba who coached Oklahoma AM (later Oklahoma State University) to two consecutive national championships in 1945 & 1946. See more »
In their inaugural game versus Eastern New Mexico, Texas Western actually won by a score of 89-38. The movie shows a struggling team that barely wins its first game. See more »
Coach Don Haskins:
Hey, hold your heads up. Hold your heads up! You wanna shake off that hate? It's your choice, Harry Flournoy. It's your choice, Jerry Armstrong, Togo, Cager, Hill. It's your choice. Shut them up. Win!
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During the credits, an inset shows several of the actual people involved (Don Haskins, David Lattin, Pat Riley, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy, and Nevil Shed) commenting about the championship game and its implications. Video of that game is also shown. See more »
Everyone ought to see this Film, especially Basket Ball Game lovers
Whether you are a fan of basketball or not, this film touches on so many different topics. A show about real life, portrayed by some dynamic actors. Oh my, Josh Lucas, the coach was amazing on film as well as the "real coach" he portrayed. How wonderful he was to be "color blind" when coaching the game of basketball, down in the south where there was so much cruelty and prejudice.
This was a heartfelt movie where often, I got upset to see how cruel people would be to others, just because of the color of their skin. I am "white" though not white like this screen, lol, and raised in Los Angeles during the late 60's/70's and just never understood why people would not like you, without even knowing you just because of your looks/race.
Anyway, go see the movie, it is great! The beautiful tatyana ali who was on since a child Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I almost did not recognize her.....she did such a marvelous job acting in the role of Tina!
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