On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
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 actual name of the High School opponent in the championship game was Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia. See more »
In the championship game, the team opposing the Titans starts using the shotgun offense. The Titans' assistant coach recognizes the play immediately and clearly knows it's a pro-type offense, saying, "Who do these guys think they are, the New York Jets?" However, in 1971, the shotgun formation had not been used in the NFL for over a decade (and then only by one team, the San Francisco 49ers) and was not a part of the pro playbook until Tom Landry reintroduced it with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. If the coach had recognized the formation at all he would never have associated it with the Jets or the pros. See more »
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Does the term "cruel and unusual punishment" mean anything to you?
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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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