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
A story recounted by director Paul Thomas Anderson on the Director's Cut podcast says that despite a Pasadena test screening scoring the film at a near-flawless 98 percent, a Disney executive nervously pondered that there was "work to do" on the film. Nevertheless, the film was a box-office hit and has endured a long afterlife on home video and cable. See more »
When the Titans win their 2nd game 17-10, the scoreboard shows it as a road game. At the end of the game the PA Announcer very enthusiastically boasts "touchdown Titans, game Titans" - the home team PA man would not announce in that boastful manner for a win by the visitors. See more »
What, you say your name was Jerry?
No, you must have said Jerry. Jerry Lewis, which you make *you*
[looks towards Dean]
Ladies and gentleman! I've got an announcement to make. We got Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin going to camp with us this year. Jerry tells the jokes, Dean sings the songs and gets the girl. Let's give em a round of applause.
[begins to clap, inching closer to Gerry, parents are quiet]
Where's your folks... Gerry?
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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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