Glory Road (2006)
USA / English
"Winning changes everything. "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.
Bounce the Basketball Slowly.
The true story of the Texas Western University Miners (now called the
University of Texas at El Paso) who defied all odds in 1966 by being
the first NCAA basketball team to start five African-American players
(led by Derek Luke of "Antwone Fisher" and Mehchad Brooks of "Desperate
Housewives" fame) and ultimately winning the national championship. New
coach Don Haskins (played superbly by Josh Lucas, one of the most
under-rated actors in film right now) has trouble recruiting when he
first arrives, but finds players in places like Detroit and Brooklyn.
In the civil rights torn south though, getting African-American ball
players was highly controversial and even potentially dangerous. It
ends up being fitting that the team would meet up with Adolph Rupp
(impressive transformation as usual for Jon Voight) and his University
of Kentucky Wildcats for the championship that year as UK was one of
the last major colleges to integrate its basketball team. Socially
important story and highly educational for youngsters who may not be
familiar with the importance of this stage in contemporary U.S. and
sports history. Great sequences and styles in the tradition of sports
classics like "Hoosiers", "Remember the Titans" and "Friday Night
Lights". 5 stars out of 5.
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