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
Tourists often went to the real T.C. Williams High School after the movie was released, according to Sports Illustrated, and were very surprised that the real school does not look like the one in the movie. The movie was not filmed in Alexandria; it was filmed in various locations in Georgia. See more »
A helmet can be seen on the driver of the car when it spins after being hit. See more »
[CUTTING ROOM-FLOOR VERSION OF EPILOGUE: early drafts of the screenplay found the real-life T.C. Williams Titans joining the actors who portrayed them, a la SCHINDLER'S LIST, at Gerry Bertier's grave... starting with Herman Boone and actor Denzel Washington, followed by Boone's wife and daughters, and by the actresses who played them in the movie]
Herman Boone coached the Titans' football team for five more years. He is now retired and living in Alexandria.
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
Recent network television (ABC) edition (aired 8/15/2005) reinstated 6 minutes of previously deleted scenes back into the storyline. (119 minutes sans end credit running time). See more »
This movie is more than just about football, race relations and integration. The lead characters excellently portray the human spirit, showing that everyone can overcome not just on the field but also in life. The ending is predictable, but it draws you in with the intense emotion to win both on and off the field.
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