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 song "Titan's Spirit" from this film's soundtrack is an instrumental medley mainly taken from the film's score during moments when Coach Herman Boone gave inspirational speeches. The song has been used as themes for numerous sporting events. The New York Yankees played the song when they received their rings for the 2009 World Series Championship and the New York Mets played the song in a commemorative event to close out their longtime home, Shea Stadium. As of 2015, it has been played on at least one of the United States' broadcasts of the Olympic Games for every Olympics since the film was released. The song was also used during the 2008 Democratic National Convention to accompany the celebration and fireworks at Invesco Field after future president Barack Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech, and was also used immediately following his victory speech upon winning the 2008 Presidential Election. In 2018, the song was used during the trophy presentation ceremony to the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. The Capitals practice in Arlington, just a few miles from TC Williams. See more »
T.C. Williams High School had actually been integrated since 1963. The successful 1971 football season was not credited to integration but to consolidation of two other high schools; the tripling of the class sizes gave them a larger talent pool to choose from. There was racial violence at that time in Alexandria but not over the football team; instead it was over an unrelated incident where a white convenience store clerk killed a black student in a struggle. See more »
[walks angrily towards official]
[in a quiet voice]
I know all about it, Titus.
What are you talking about, Bill?
You call this game fair, or I'll go to the papers. I don't care if I go down with you. Before God, I swear I'll see every last one of you thrown in jail.
You dig your own grave.
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
In 2006, a director's cut was released on DVD. That version runs approx. six minutes longer. See more »
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Leon Russell
Courtesy of EMI Records
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A powerful inspirational film
Remember the Titans is much more than a story about a high school football team. It is a true story about two men who overcome their differences and help an entire town deal with frustration, anger, and mistrust. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) is the head coach of the football team at the black high school while Bill Yoast (Will Patton) is the head coach of the football team at the white high school. In 1971 the high schools are integrated and Coach Boone is chosen to become the head coach of the football team while Coach Yoast is demoted to assistant coach.
Remember the Titans is a powerful film with incredible performances by both Denzel Washington and Will Patton.
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