Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations, in sight of the Washington Monument over the river in the nation's capital. 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
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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. See more »
A helmet can be seen on the driver of the car when it spins after being hit. See more »
[after Gary got into his car accident]
I don't know mama, maybe Yost was right. Maybe I pushed him to hard.
Gary had an accident. Sometimes life's just hard, for no reason at all.
Do you think I was blinded by my own ambition?
Whatever kind of ambition it took to do what you did around here, this world could use a lot more of it Herman.
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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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