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Glory Road (2006)

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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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James Gartner
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Lucas ... Don Haskins
Derek Luke ... Bobby Joe Hill
Austin Nichols ... Jerry Armstrong
Jon Voight ... Adolph Rupp
Evan Jones ... Moe Iba
Schin A.S. Kerr ... David Lattin
Alphonso McAuley ... Orsten Artis
Mehcad Brooks ... Harry Flournoy
Sam Jones III ... Willie Worsley
Damaine Radcliff ... Willie 'Scoops' Cager
Emily Deschanel ... Mary Haskins
Al Shearer ... Nevil Shed
Red West ... Ross Moore
Kip Weeks ... Togo Railey
Mitch Eakins ... Dick Myers
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Storyline

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

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Winning changes everything. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was offered a part in the movie. He turned it down due to schedule conflicts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after a pass is stolen by Bobby Joe Hill]
Adolph Rupp: [to Pat Riley] That's what you get for talking to him!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.4 (2014) See more »

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Up All Night Blues
Written by Rick Garcia, Craig Eastman
Performed by The Raven Shadows
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Formulaic but still scores
22 March 2006 | by Jay_ExiomoSee 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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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,594,734, 15 January 2006

Gross USA:

$42,647,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,938,449
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