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
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. See more »
T.C. Williams High School had actually been integrated since 1963. The successful 1971 football season was not credited to integration but to consolidation of two other high schools; the tripling of the class sizes gave them a larger talent pool to choose from. There was racial violence at that time in Alexandria but not over the football team; instead it was over an unrelated incident where a white convenience store clerk killed a black student in a struggle. See more »
[sees Sunshine get out of car with long hair]
Hey fellas! Look at that fruitcake!
Gerry, just keep your mouth shut and get back on that field!
Colonel William G. Bass:
Coach Boone, I'm Colonel Bass. We just got transferred here from Huntington Beach, California. This is my son, Ronnie, he's a quarterback.
[shakes Sunshine's hand]
How you doin' Ronnie?
Colonel William G. Bass:
[shakes Sunshine's hand as well]
We're pretty set at the, uh, quarterback Colonel. But if the boy's any good, you might want to check out Wilson or...
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
How great was this movie? I fell in love with it from being made to watch it in Health class in 11th grade. I love films about adversity within races, and this movie was a classic. Herman Boone has to bring blacks and whites together for a highschool football team to play with each other. Of course, it's the 70's and racism is still rampant. I love the message that people will mesh anyway despite outside complications. Julius' and Gerry's relationship was really profound and special. It crossed a lot of lines. Denzel was remarkable as Coach Boone. He took no crap, yet was scared to lose his position underneath. There was tension everywhere and it worked for the film. The players were really memorable to me. Blue, Rev, Sunshine, Petey, and Louie Lastik were adorable and hilarious. A great ensemble cast effort. The guy who played Yoast was good as well, because he had to learn to overcome prejudices he had that he never knew he did. Even better, was the fact that it's a true story which makes it all the more sweet. I watch this movie over and over and can practically say every line by heart. Great, great film. The Titans really were greater than the gods of Greek myth, and these guys were greater than any stereotype.
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