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 »
When Sunshine first comes to the team during training and throws the ball at Gary, it appears to be dropping to the right of his back and missing. But hits him in the middle of his back in the final close range shot. See more »
I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
If their is ever a film to watch to get motivated, it's this. You don't have to be an American football lover, just any sport, or activity. The passion displayed on the screen could get Sven Goran Eriksson in the mood. Their are particular inaccuracies in order to make this into more of a film, but I wouldn't call it predictable. This is based on a true story, and the 13 and 0 record really happened, so this true story was what created the predictable film stereotype. I love the choice of actors in the film. Each person seems to be able to tap in to the feelings of their character, which creates a much more realistic film. It depicts the nature of racism within peoples lives very well and shows how common loves for different things can pull people together so that simple and wrong beliefs are forgotten. Needless to say this film makes me feel better about the world, while making me want to be a winner as well.
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