Remember the Titans (2000)

Description[from Freebase]

Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman and directed by Boaz Yakin. Inspired by real events, the plot was conceived from a screenplay written by Gregory Allen Howard. The film starts as a new coach of the Titans, a football team previously coached by the white Bill Yoast, begins coaching the team. The new coach, Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington), is a black man, and his team is a mixture of black players and white players. The struggles that arise from the racial diversity are profound. Actor Will Patton portrays Bill Yoast, making a transition to help out Boone as an assistant coach. The portrayal of real life athletes Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell (played by Ryan Hurst and Wood Harris, respectively) appears within the integrated storyline. Kip Pardue and Kate Bosworth also star in principal roles. A joint collective effort to commit to the film's production was made by the film studios of Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. It was commercially distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. Remember the Titans explores civil topics, such as racism, discrimination and athletics.

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Review

Remember the Titans

Here’s the pitch: Take an emotional drama about the racial conflict concerning the integration of a black high school and a white one in the South. Then wrap the entire plot around a hard-nosed high school football coach (Denzel Washington) with an unorthodox style but an uncanny ability to get the most out of his players. As an added little twist in this case, the old white head coach (Will Patton) stays on as an assistant so we can count on a fair amount of racial conflict and power struggle as these two egos collide, and ultimately generate a little more emotion as they become friends.

To be sure, a lot of bigoted white folks are going to do a lot of mean things until they slowly start to understand that we are all the same on the inside. And a bunch of jaded and underachieving high school athletes will slowly learn what it is their coach is trying to teach them about becoming men and champions. Throw in the fat kid from the wrong side of the tracks who finds his inspiration and a little pride along the way, and you’ve got one of the most heartwarming films ever made.

As you might expect, the townspeople will rise up against the outsider coach, the players who struggled under him at first come to respect him, the white man finally realizes that he and his black counterpart aren’t that different, and of course, there’s the ever-popular brick-through-the-window of the new black family in the neighborhood. And yes! The filmmakers ride these powerful scenes for all of the emotion they’ve got.

All in all, the movie is what you’ve seen before yet still tugs at your heart strings. But Remember the Titans is based on a true story. And thankfully so.

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