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Glory Road (2006)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  13 January 2006 (USA)
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In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

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40 years ago, Don Haskins went on the recruiting trail to find the best talent in the land, black or white. 7 blacks and 5 whites made up the legendary 1965-66 Texas Western Miners. They were mocked and ridiculed for their showboating and flaunting of black players on the court. Yet, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Haskins and his Miners came together as a team united to reach the National Championship game against powerhouse Kentucky. Written by jeffmellinger@astound.net

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Rated PG for racial issues including violence and epithets, and momentary language | See all certifications »

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Caminho Para a Glória  »

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$16,927,589 (USA) (13 January 2006)

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$42,643,187 (USA) (5 May 2006)
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During the National Championship game against Kentucky, the 3-point shooting rule is not present. This is historically accurate. The first time the NCAA experimented with the shot was 1945. The 3-point shot became popular during the 1967-68 American Basketball Association season. It was not used by the NCAA until 1986. The NBA adopted the shot during the 1979-80 season. See more »

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When Texas Western is playing Kansas for the Midwest Finals, there is a KU banner hanging from the rafters of the ceiling of the auditorium. The banner depicts the KU Jayhawk facing the right. That is the current KU logo, but in 1965, the logo would have been facing left. See more »

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[after a pass is stolen by Bobby Joe Hill]
Adolph Rupp: [to Pat Riley] That's what happens when you don't talk to each other!
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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 »


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Formulaic but still scores
22 March 2006 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

In 1966, a coach of a girl's basketball team comes to Texas Western College and recruits seven black players to lead them to the top.

Right from the trailers and the posters, you probably know how "Glory Road" is gonna go: an underdog NCAA basketball team must face great odds to win the championship. It's a sports movie based from true events (read: based) with a Hollywood tag plastered over its forehead that features reluctant heroes overcoming their problems and giving it all for the game. Nonetheless, the movie achieves more than that.

While this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Disney movie plot is typical (remember the Titans?), the underlying socio-political theme effectively presents the ills of racism - a problem with no easy way out of (ask Paul Haggis). The key characters of the game are dealing with discrimination and the only way they can get back is to win. Of course, a little research told me that some of the details about the real events were changed for cinematic purposes. It's completely fine by me as long as the end product justifies the means. And boy it does. The performances are also good. Josh Lucas gives a terrific performance as Don Haskins, the head coach of the team that featured the first all-black starting lineup in US NCAA history.

"Glory Road" is a formulaic yet an enjoyable film. It's a movie that gives itself away as soon as one character says "I want to play, Coach!" Still it has charm and excitement that comes from seeing it for what it is. It's predictable, yeah, but it's not much different from seeing a replay of a game where your favorite team won.


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