The sing-songy happiness of Disney ruined the film in its attempts to portray the prejudice and bigotry that existed then and still is ubiquitous today. Seeing the danger of his team abandoning university scholarships just to show solidarity, Yoast steps back onto the team in a subordinate role to Boone. As the season progresses the team's success caused the community to accept the changes. This is quite a film, in fact, I think this is the best football movie that I have ever seen! How can this one be any better than the last one? Returning from camp united, the team realizes they are back in the world, with the first day of school filled with protesting parents, glares and fighting. The most common racist scene that happened in the movie and sadly still happens in some places today was when a restaurant refused service to the African-American football players.
Once at camp, the boys are forced to live, practice and eat with one another. Every other team in that football-loving district was still segregated. But through all the trails and tribulations the players fought through everything became friends looking past the racial barrier and went on to win the Virginia Football State Championship. It pulls you into the story like nothing I've ever watched before. In the small town of Alexandria, Virginia, racial relations were very shaky.
Advertisement 2 Since there was certainly an all-black high school in town until this year, there must have been a black coach at that school. The movie is a Hollywood drama based on the true story of a newly integrated school, T. Williams High School integrates, the town of Alexandria is not fond of the whole integration. Instead, he understands the message that Boone is giving to the team that he helps as much as he can to help the team succeed. During the football games and practices, there are lots of montages with tackles. All the so-called major sports flicks made in the last 10 years are pretty much formulaic and follow the same recipe: tell the tale of a bunch of downtrodden, undertalented yet scrappy! But a few weeks before the start of the school year, a white store owner shoots and kills a black man who was suspected in stealing a product.
The movie is a family friendly movie. All state championships are not won on the final play. It was unnecessary and overbearing in films like Titanic and Saving Private Ryan, but here it is simply a waste of the audience's time and attention. Hayden Pannietierre, as Patton's annoyingly spunky and super-smart daughter certainly shows talent for a child actor at the time , but what kid in the history of the world has ever acted like this?! Unfortunately, the two clash and fights break out. The ending is predictable, but it draws you in with the intense emotion to win both on and off the field. With time, the integration of the school becomes easier, but things basically remain the same.
Instead we scheduled one black college and several state universities in the mid-west. You can stand in Alexandria, look across the Potomac River, and see the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, etc. Williams Titans and we played them regularly in every sport including track, which was my sport. Although a few details are inaccurate, such as the year the school was integrated, the director, Boaz Yakin, did a great job keeping the facts straight. That eventually changed and today it is a sport dominated by mostly African Americans. Characters get mad like in real life--subtly. It is a good movie that has a moving plot, a historical setting, and an excellent cast of characters.
It's hard to be picky, even churlish about the little faults are these actors really the age of high schoolers for example? Now the word is, if he loses one game, he's out and Coach Yoast Patton gets his job back -- which becomes another potent personal struggle with ethics, thanks to Patton's strong pride-vs. So on top of all the other excellent reasons to see and enjoy this film, here is one more. This movie is more extremely annoying. Happily, the younger members of the cast form a loose, funny, heartfelt ensemble; Mr. Hammond was reduced to a junior high, and its students were sent to Williams.
The first, and strongest, part of the movie takes place at a preseason camp, where, under Boone's relentless drill-sergeant discipline ''This is not a democracy,'' he bellows. Years later, white player gets into another accident which ends up killing him. You don't have to be an American football lover, just any sport, or activity. Then wrap the entire plot around a hard-nosed high school football coach Washington with an unorthodox style but an uncanny ability to get the most out of his players. What more can I say? I am emotionally affected by this film no matter how many times I've seen it, and I think that this movie will stand up over time as one of the most endearing sports classics of all time. Denzel Washington is excellent as Coach Herman Boone. Above al that, the white football coach, Bill Yoast, was replaced by a black football coach, Herman Boone.
Astonished with their own ability to bond, they return to school as a cohesive unit of friends and teammates, only to find themselves defending their new kinship everywhere they turn family, community, girlfriends against the kind of bigotry they've only just learned to overcome. But that just leaves us free to enjoy the movie's appealing characters and special moments. I really did enjoy the characters in the film, since they are factual, they have very humanistic qualities. The movie is in a small Virginia town where they say that football is as big as life. The relationship between the two men gradually mutates from hostile suspicion to grudging respect to loyalty and trust, an evolution mirrored by the players.