Based on a remarkable true story, "Remember the Titans" follows the explosive dramatic events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971 when African-American football coach Herman Boone (Academy Award-winner Denzel W... more »ashington) was hired to guide an integrated but racially polarized high school team, the T.C. Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid task master, Boone faces a cool reception from the team's players as well as an awkward relationship with assistant coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton), a local white coach with seniority and a tradition of winning who was bypassed for the job. As the two men learn to overcome their ignorance and bigotry and realize that they have much in common and integrity, honor and a strong work ethic. They work together to transform a group of angry unfocused players into a dynamic winning team of responsible young men. In the process, they also unite a divided community and ensure that Virginia will always "Remember the Titans."« less
Jody O. (jojogal) from ALTAMONTE SPG, FL Reviewed on 4/9/2010...
Being a true story, this movie was done splendidly well. It gently told the story of integration when integration was not yet fully accepted. It shows the struggles between the whites and the blacks, but also shows the triumphs that occurred following. The actors did a fantastic job, even those not known. Denzel Washington, as usual, was at his finest. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The subject matter was handled beautifully. I would recommend this to anyone who likes simply a great movie. I don't normally care for "football" movies, but this is so much more.. football was just kind of a side thing, even though it showed many scenes of their games. The way the boys learned to work together, as well as the coaches of different color, was just fabulous. For a true story, this is a great one.
I wish I could give this movie six stars instead of five.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remember the Titans is the true story of a small town in Virginia during the 1970's. The "white" high school and the "black" high school are forced to combine into one as the town explodes in racial havoc. Just as the caucasian football coach Yoast is about to enter the Virginian high school football hall of fame, he is demoted to assistant head coach when the two high schools combine. The new head coach is Coach Boone (Denzel Washington), an experienced African-American football coach that recently moved there. On top of this being between the two coaches, they have to figure out how to bring two teams into one and to end the prejudice between the players.Though the plot seems rather dark from the above description, the movie does a great job balancing itself so that it is dramatic and you are able to understand what racism was like during that time period, but there is plenty of humor to cause you not to be upset during the entire film.This has got to be one of the best movies I have seen throughout my entire life (okay, I'm only fourteen, but give me a break). I saw this movie three times while at the movie theaters (my mom saw it five times; believe me, she isn't the type to see a movie while it's in theaters that many times), and you can bet that Remember the Titans will become a part of my video library when it comes out on video. This movie made me laugh, made me cry, and made me that much wiser about the world. When Remember the Titans comes out on video, please at least do yourself the favor of renting it. I can almost guarantee that you will absolutely enjoy this film. That's how good it is."
A memorable movie and DVD....
L. Quido | Tampa, FL United States | 04/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw "Remember the Titans" in the theater with a group of younger friends, who did not live through the civil rights movement or the uneasy truce that existed through the next 10 years. It was interesting to see their reactions to the chasm that existed on the "battlefield" of the public school system. Although "RtT" doesn't explore the issues of the time in a substantive way, the film makes it easy to believe that the situations were real. The football field action is impressively filmed and the soundtrack is outstanding.Will Patton and a terrific cast of young actors will entertain you and make you believe for the run of the movie. And although some scenes are corny, (every scene that features Coach Yost's daughter!) you find yourself caught up in not only the game, but in what it represents as a centerpiece for a small town or city.I confess that there is no movie featuring Denzel Washington that I don't like! His performance here is solid, and he hides his natural charm well - Coach Boone is not a charming guy!In DVD, the film is enhanced with many special features that are just as entertaining as the movie. I particularly enjoyed the discussion between the two coaches and the items that were edited out of the movie.Not an award winning movie, but definitely a feel-good flick with an edge of some of the hardships that make life worth living. It's great to see such favorable and complex reviews from younger watchers; it makes you realize that the film hit its mark!"
A MOVING STORY OF HEROIC DETERMINATION
Gerard T. McGuire | 03/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Denzel Washington is Coach Boone, a black football coach who finds himself in unfamiliar territory when he is appointed head coach of a high school team in its first year of intergration. When the fomer coach Yoast agrees to be his assistant it seems that turmoil and not determination will rule the squad.Boone's determination to win is only outmatched by his drive for racial harmony within the team and coaching staff. By forcing his players to interact he creates bonds and friendships. Throughout all of this he knows he must win or his tenure as head coach will be short lived. He must not only battle the racial tension in the team, but in the town as well. Only his sheer will can guide his team to the promised land.The movie is an outstanding piece of cinema. It adresses a social issue with raw emotional power. It teaches a lesson without screaming it in your face. The acting is without a doubt full of some of the best performances of the year to not have been recognized by Oscar and the likes. While Denzel Washington and Will Patton are phenomenal the show is stolen by the members of the team. Watch this film and you will get the point. An emotional five star film worth watching again and again."
Best coming of age sports film since Rudy
Baltic Books | Portland, OR USA | 10/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Remember the Titans stood a chance of leaning fully on Denzel Washington's sheer acting skill. Once the film wound up, what a treat to find a great cast with good story development across several layers.Titans goes beyond just being the tale of Coach Boone (Denzel Washington) breaking the color barrier in the all-white high school. Will Patton as is in a great role as the displaced and demoted Coach Yoast. There is the typical good-guy, bad-guy play between Boone and Yoast in their relationships with players, but here's a great example of humility and dedication overcoming prejudice. A real surprise came in the performance of the newer young actors, including the Titan team captain, who overcame his own racial weaknesses to be a true team leader. Your going to walk out of the movie having had a great time plus having a sense of hope that racial divides can be overcome. It's a great film about dedication that goes beyond the playing field."
Look for the Deeper Meaning
Tiffany Jackson | Butte, MT USA | 05/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After working in a video store for nine months, it's hard to find a good new release. Pretty soon, you begin to nit pick everything about the plot, director, actors, characters, etc. So, when I took a chance on this football movie, I wasn't expecting to be blown away. Not only is Denzel better than ever, so is Disney! When first deciding whether or not to actually take this one home, I had to think about the dreading football action. (You know, all of the stuff that the guys want to see) Honestly, this one isn't another guy show. Remember the Titans is about so much more. In a time of corrupt racism, the boys of a small southern town are forced to be civil, and it even goes farther than that. The black football team and the white football team must play as one. They must join to stay in the game, and the players must get along. This movie is about dreams, determination, hope, and fear.This movie is excellent! I guarentee it won't be a waste of your time. From the very beginning the magic was there, and it flows throughout the show. If you like drama, you'll love Remember the Titans. Ever hear of the "Clash of the Titans"? Well, this movie gives another meaning to the phrase. Oh yeah, about the nit picking thing, I couldn't even bring myself to do it with this winner."