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In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejected black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A few of the actors have played in other sports films. Luke was in Friday Night Lights as Boobie Miles, and in starred in the Jackie Robinson biopic. Radcliff was in Monday Night Mayhem. And Jones was a running back in Blue Mountain State. See more »
Coach Haskins says, when offered the job at TWC, that he's glad to have a job offer in "Division 1". The NCAA didn't have divisions until 1971. In 1965, schools were divided into a "University Division" and a "College Division". See more »
Coach Don Haskins:
I speak, you listen. I don't wanna hear 'can't' or 'won't' or 'Coach, I'm bleeding'. I don't wanna hear anything except the basketball bounce!
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During the credits, an inset shows several of the actual people involved (Don Haskins, David Lattin, Pat Riley, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy, and Nevil Shed) commenting about the championship game and its implications. Video of that game is also shown. See more »
Started Slow - but got better and better and better ...
This 2 hour movie is pretty lackluster for the first 50 minutes or so. Then it picks up and the intensity builds and builds right to the end. It's simply one of those great sports movie that's really well done.
This is the story based on one of the most historic series of games in basketball history. A "minor" coach hired is hired to coach an equally "minor" Texas basketball team - but decides to do something different. He hires black players to play ... the year is 1965.
Because it's based on true events it has an immediate interest value. The fact that it deals with the colorblind "win or lose" dictum of sports coupled with racial tensions makes it all the more potentially interesting.
The movie delivers the goods: great performances and a lot of sports suspense. However, you have give it chance - the first one forth of the show is kind of slow.
For basketball fans and general audiences alike - this is a good movie worth checking out.
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