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
As part of Boaz Yakin's efforts at authenticity, two of the referees in the film - E.Y. Coley and B. Keith Harmon, who played the crooked referee - are real-life officials with the Atlanta Area Football Officials Association. See more »
In the pre-game talk before the first game, Coach Boone says, "In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power." However, the titans ruled the *Earth*, and were overthrown by the Olympians. See more »
[after winning the state championship]
I know football, and what you did with those boys. You were the right man for the job, Coach!
You're a Hall-of-Famer in my book!
[both raise game ball in victory]
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
This movie is more than just about football, race relations and integration. The lead characters excellently portray the human spirit, showing that everyone can overcome not just on the field but also in life. The ending is predictable, but it draws you in with the intense emotion to win both on and off the field.
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