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|Glory Road |
Actors: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight, Evan Jones
Director: James Gartner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, African American Cinema
The studio that brought you REMEMBER THE TITANS now delivers another winner with this exciting and inspirational true story of the team that changed college basketball -- and the nation -- forever! Josh Lucas (SWEET HOME A... more »
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Evelyn Y. from ABILENE, TX
Reviewed on 12/3/2013...
Really enjoyed this movie! It is another movie that helps the races understand and move toward healing relationships with each other. Will watch again and again with others to spread the message this movie imparts to the viewer. Thanks!
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BEFORE UTEP, THERE WAS TEXAS WESTERN....!! 2006 ESPY Winner
RBSProds | Deep in the heart of Texas | 01/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five MOMENTOUS Stars!! A Great Movie!! "Glory Road" tells the true story, with much dramatic license along the way, of one of sport's greatest moments. A moment that changed the face and color of college basketball and rippled across all sports. It's the story of a little known college basketball coach, Don Haskins, and how he came to be the coach of little known Texas Western College in El Paso, Texas. It's also the story of the black players who would be recruited from all around the USA to eventually wind up playing in one of the greatest moments in college basketball: David "Daddy D" Lattin, Nevil Shed, Willie Cager, Orsten Artis, "Wee" Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy, and of course the late floor general, Bobby Joe Hill. And the other team members played their vital roles also: Jerry Armstrong, Louis Baudoin, Dick Meyers, Togo Railey and David Palacio. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer does a wonderful job of bringing back the singular moment of the all-white Kentucky team under Adolph Rupp (Jon Voigt is a hoot in this role) and Haskin's all-black starting five meeting in the NCAA basketball national championship final game spotlight during some tough racial times for the USA. In fact, Haskins had played this combination of players many times before during the season to little local fanfare, so it was no big deal to him. He just wanted to win. Josh Lucas is great as Don "The Bear" Haskins in this excellent James Gartner-directed movie. It's said that Lucas, in preparing for this role, was driven out into the desert by Haskins in his truck and they just sat and talked (and drank) for many hours discussing how Haskins did it and the way he did it. (This has turned into quite a good friendship since then.) The movie pre-screenings, with all of the living original players on hand, in El Paso are greatly appreciated by all of us who lived through those incredible times and are still here.
In light of today's social freedoms, the movie does a great job of depicting the tough racial times of the 1960's and the events that put Haskins, the team, and TWC on the athletic map forever. Not to mention the huge pot of money that TWC got from participating in the tournament. Shortly after these events, the University of Texas education system made TWC a full partner by the redesignation of the "University of Texas-El Paso" and a boatload of construction/faculty money flowed from Austin to El Paso. I was there and it was a grand moment to be remembered. A great must-see movie not just for the sports but also for the social impact of those times. Hats off again to Jerry Bruckheimer for personally carrying the banner on the national-level TV and radio shows promoting this movie. Five "Slam-Dunking" Stars.
*"Glory Road" won the "ESPY" Award as the Best Sports Movie of 2006.
*The Texas Western College NCAA Championship team was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.)"
Great Portrayal of The "Greatest Upset in College Basketball
Kalie A. Gipson | 07/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Glory Road" tells the story of the Texas Western Miners, a college basketball team who won the NCAA Championship in 1966. But this wasn't just an ordinary championship, no, for the starting line-up in the championship game was all Black players, a thing that was unheard of in '66. Or better yet, even a black player being recruited by a college team was out of the ordinary. However, the 36 year old coach Don Haskins recruited seven Black players for his Texas Western team (when the season begins, he starts three of those players). The team was barely even thought of in the college world before then, then with the help of the seven black players, they went on to win the championship.
The movie opens with a girls basketball game, and you see that Don Haskins coaches girl's basketball. Later on, he is asked to coach Division 1 basketball, for the Texas Western team (with one drawback; he would have to live in the dorm room with his wife and kids). Then, he sets out to recruit players that would help the team win. When he recruits all Black players, it's obvious that most people (even the Black players themselves) thought Haskins was crazy. Among the players he recruited were Bobby Jo Hill (played exceptionally by Derek Luke), Willie Cager, David Lattin, and Harry Flournoy. His practices for the team were intense and his rules were strict. This would all pay off in the end though, with the Miners winning the championship over Adolf Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats (with Pat Riley, who is a character in the movie, it's weird to hear his name called while he's playing, knowing he's a game-winning coach with plenty of rings).
The movie does depict the racism at the time as well. It wasn't an easy ride for the coach or the Black players on the team. In the first game, the fans clapped for the two starting white players, but the whole arena was quiet when the Black players were announced. The team had racial slurs written in their hotel room during their game. One player was even beat up in a bathroom. Haskins was harassed as well. The racism almost tore the team apart, but with the coach's help they stayed together and changed the course of basketball.
All around, the acting was great. Josh Lucas did a great job as Coach Haskins, completely becoming his character. Derek Luke did great as Bobby Jo Hill. Jon Voight played Kentucky coach Adolf Rupp, but you wouldn't really know unless you read the credits. Nonetheless he did a great job. Mehcad Brooks, Sam Jones III, Schin A.S. Kerr and Damaine Radcliff (who played Flournoy, Worsley, Lattin, and Cager, respectively) all did excellent in their roles. The actors practically become the players. The cast couldn't have been better.
Overall, Disney has released another superb movie about sports underdogs winning it all (I enjoyed Remember The Titans as well). If you like that movie, there's no way you'll dislike this. It is a well-cast, well-directed movie that will satisfy any basketball fan, and will keep everyone watching. It's been said that it follows the cliches of all other similar movies, but don't we always watch them anyway?
The film triumphantly shows how one coach changed the game (and face) of basketball completely. One quote from the film is "You're acting like negroes are gonna be the future of basketball!" and I couldn't help but laugh when that line was said. The importance and significance of that season and the tribulations of the team is wonderfully shown. Don't pass this up."
Light touch on the story of "the greatest game ever played".
L. Quido | Tampa, FL United States | 01/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was fortunate, during my viewing of "Glory Road" to be sharing an almost empty movie theater one afternoon with a famous pro football coach and his family of young boys. I say that because I might have made light of the film that I saw, contrasting it to more serious and worthy sports films (Does the film "Hoosiers" come to mind? Does it seriously challenge the way you think about sports films? Well, it should. It is the sports film by which all others should be measured), and finding it wanting.
But, aware of their presence, I was able to watch the film and think about my reactions as though I was with those boys and might need to explain and point out the contrast between what they saw on the screen, and today's basketball...and why. Thanks to Pat Riley (who played in the pivotal title game depicted on the court) Jerry Bruckheimer found this gem of a story written by sportswriter Dan Wetzel, with Don Haskins, the coach of the film. Arguably, Jerry is an awfully commercial filmmaker, and I much prefer his television outings. But there's no doubt he succeeded in bringing this story of darker days in the NCAA, when outspoken and not spoken of prejudice prevented the fine black players of the game from taking the court. Oh, and if they did take the court, they were allowed there precisely in groups of 1 at a time (like Jo Jo White, the great player depicted on the Kansas' team). And without him, this film may have never happened.
Haskins, desparate to make his mark and to teach his basketball to a team of quality players, found himself buried deep in west Texas, in what is now UTEP, but was then 1966 Texas Miners College...recruits 7 black players, and proceeds to win a national championship.
This film keeps the theme of racial bigotry firmly at front and center, and softens it for Disney with a little about Don's family, not enough about the worthy young men, both black and white, who played that year for Don, and their experiences on the back roads of the south and at the "genteel" (and just as hard to take)national championship.
Josh Lucas will hopefully be given better films, based on his strong performance in Glory Road, and it was a fine, fine ensemble performance by the young men who make up his team. Although there was no "Dennis Hopper" role (like Hoosiers!) in the film, a great caricature performance of Adolph Rupp is given by Jon Voight in a cameo.
The film inspires, the film is rewarding -- it is a little too shallow in its presentation, cinematography and character development, but it is truly an enjoyable movie experience. And isn't that what we should all be shooting for?"