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|From the Rough|
Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Letoya Luckett
Director: Pierre Bagley
The remarkable true story of Catana Starks (Academy-Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson) from historically black university Tennessee State who became the first African-American woman to coach an all men's team at the collegiat... more »
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Christopher M. (GilesGoatboy) from FAIRFAX, VA
Reviewed on 5/26/2016...
To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of sports films, but this one really surprised me. The sports milieu is quite secondary to the human interest and character development that abounds. The film is based on the true story of the coach, Catana Starks, the first black woman to coach an all-men's team on a college level.
The obsticals she faces, starting with minimal funding and only half-hearted administrative support, are daunting. The most likely athletes have already accepted recruitment from bigger, more prestigious colleges offering full scholarships, but she is bound and determined to assemble and train a fully competitive team from the oddball collection of "misfits" who show a glimmer of aptitude.
It's a hard, uphill road when the team doesn't coalesce after months of rigorous practice due to personality problems and ethnic antipathies. The prospects are bleak, and she's put on notice that her refusal to back down on the failing project will cost her own career and livelihood.
Though the cast is largely unknown to mainstream audiences, every performance rings true, from the 'crazy Korean" to the "Yoda-like" janitor. Aptly titled 'From the Rough" adds up to a real inspiration in its satisfying 97 minute runtime..
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