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A review of glory road a movie by james gartner

This basketball team from Texas Western University went from obscurity to changing the face of sports history. Walt Disney Pictures wants to take you to school with Glory Road. From the very beginning, he made waves by recruiting players from the inner city and building a predominately black team in the newly integrated South.

By 1965, the Miners had an unbelievable season of 27 wins and only one loss. They played against University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp and his Wildcats in a championship game that would go down in history.

Haskins made the unprecedented decision to start five of his best black players in the season-winning game.

  • Parents get a double bonus with taking their kids to Glory Road;
  • Controversy[ edit ] Kentucky Wildcat fans and other Rupp supporters said the film at least implicitly portrayed UK coach Adolph Rupp as a racist, with such lines as Bobby Joe Hill's that Rupp would not have recruited him;
  • The lunchroom basketball trash can scene was filmed at Booker T;
  • The real-life Don Haskins was cast as an extra in the film as a gas station attendant, and David Lattin was cast as an extra as a military bartender;
  • The Miners endured threats, violence and blatant discrimination just to play basketball.

It was not only a win for Texas Western; it was a win for racial equality. Glory Road shines with dozens of bright points along the way. This film is a showcase for rising young talent as well as veterans of the cinema scene. Take, for example, Josh Lucas. This should be the end of his days as a romantic lead or co-star in forgettable sci-fi flicks Stealth.

His portrayal of the dynamic Haskins was strong and right on point. The same can be said for Derek Luke. This bright star already proved his acting skills in Antwone Fisher, and his role as guard Bobby Joe Hill is further confirmation that we will see more of him in the coming years.

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Jon Voight is a living legend for a good reason. As Rupp, he is the very picture of a southern gentleman who can say more with a look than some actors can say with three pages of dialogue. Shearer has his comic side but reveals a deep desperation and drive to prove them all wrong. In a cast of strong performers, Shearer shows he can run with the big dogs. Each major role was distinctive and special.

In spite of the many actors, they help you follow the individual stories that make this more than a sports feature. The unwavering determination of this integrated team and its neophyte coach is the real star of Glory Road.

The Miners endured threats, violence and blatant discrimination just to play basketball. They were underdogs to the world and yet they rose to the occasion to win. By doing so, they changed the game forever. Parents get a double bonus with taking their kids to Glory Road. They not only get to enjoy a family-friendly film with plenty of laughs and slick sports moves but they get a chance to educate the younger generation on the civil rights movement.

Children born in this era probably cannot fathom a day when blacks were not allowed to play basketball. Glory Road presents a true story that lends an important history lesson and hopefully will open up dialogue between parents and kids about racism.

The sports triumph film may not be novel to the silver screen; however, the story of the mighty Miners deserves to be told again and again.