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
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 »
2 1/2 minutes into the film a shot appears with the logo, "Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas". A large satellite dish appears on a rooftop toward the left edge of the frame. Several of the buildings in the background are clearly modern. See more »
Coach Don Haskins:
[while recruiting Orsten Artis]
Brother, without a little work I don't think you can get past an old-timer like me.
Get past you... I will go past you, through you, over you, under you, around you. As a matter of fact I will spin you like a top, twist you in a pretzel, eat your lunch, steal your girl and kick your dog at the same time... pshh, get past you.
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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 »
Everyone ought to see this Film, especially Basket Ball Game lovers
Whether you are a fan of basketball or not, this film touches on so many different topics. A show about real life, portrayed by some dynamic actors. Oh my, Josh Lucas, the coach was amazing on film as well as the "real coach" he portrayed. How wonderful he was to be "color blind" when coaching the game of basketball, down in the south where there was so much cruelty and prejudice.
This was a heartfelt movie where often, I got upset to see how cruel people would be to others, just because of the color of their skin. I am "white" though not white like this screen, lol, and raised in Los Angeles during the late 60's/70's and just never understood why people would not like you, without even knowing you just because of your looks/race.
Anyway, go see the movie, it is great! The beautiful tatyana ali who was on since a child Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I almost did not recognize her.....she did such a marvelous job acting in the role of Tina!
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