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
A few of the actors have played in other sports films. Derek Luke (Bobby Joe Hill) was in Friday Night Lights (2004) as James "Boobie" Miles, Damaine Radcliff (Willie "Scoops" Cager) was in Monday Night Mayhem (2002) as a New York Jets player, and Sam Jones III (Willie Worsley) was in Blue Mountain State (2010) as Craig Shilo. See more »
When Bobby Joe Hill is running the steps and Coach Haskins was yelling at him you could see behind Coach Haskins in the end zone was white with UT and MINERS painted on it, implying the acronym UTEP Miners. In 1966, the end zone was actually blue and said "EL PASO, TEXAS". See more »
[after a pass is stolen by Bobby Joe Hill]
[to Pat Riley]
That's what you get for talking to him!
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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 »
Left out some important facts to boost the hype, but decent movie
First off, it was just too similar to remember the titans, but I liked that movie two. The only thing that bothered me about this movie was that removal of some important facts.
Texas Western had three Black Players on the team already, upon Don Haskin's Arrival. Don Haskin's wasn't the sole person leading a movement to recruit black players. In their conference, they played many teams with black players.
Loyola-Chicago, while not fielding 5 black starters, fielded four of them and won the championship in 1963. So even though Texas Western was the first team to win with all black starters, other primarily black teams have won prior.
At the end of the movie, they talk about how people felt black players could never be as good as white players. Even as the movie shows, the all-American player they went against (I believe he was from University of Texas) was Black. The NCAA recognized that player as one of the best players in the sport.
Again, it was a good movie, but I felt a little let down that they manipulated the story a tad for the sake of entertainment.
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