Glory Road (2006)
|Rating:||PG (for racial issues including violence and epithets, and mild language)|
|Genre:||Sports & Fitness, Drama|
|Directed By:||James Garner, James Gartner|
|Written By:||Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Gregory Allen Howard, Chris Cleveland|
|In Theaters:||Jan 13, 2006 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jun 6, 2006|
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as Coach Don Haskins
as Bobby Joe Hill
as Mary Haskins
as Jerry Armstrong
as Moe Iba
as Adolph Rupp
as Harry Flournoy Jr.
as Orsten Artis
as Willie `Scoops' Cabe...
as Nevil Shed
as Kentucky Wife #1
as Dick Meyers
as Ross Moore
as Togo Railey
as Willie Worsley
as Louie Baudoin
as David Lattin
as David Lattin
as David Palacio
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Critic Reviews for Glory Road
First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.
Like most sports films Glory Road works best when it is actually showcasing its sport ... off the court, however, it's alternately flat and didactic. Director Gartner goes to great pains to drill the films message in, early and often.
Glory Road doesn't have any of the individual moments that humanized Hoosiers, The Rookie, and Miracle. It's a feel-good sports movie by the numbers.
Playing out like Remember The Titans for basketball fans, Glory Road is yet another would-be inspirational true story that follows sports-movie conventions.
Audience Reviews for Glory Road
Glory Road is a pretty good sports drama, yet it uses all the usual clichés to tell its story. That's the thing I noticed with every sports films, no matter what story kit is, no matter how they spin it, it always ends up feeling like the same old film. I'm not saying that this is a bad film; however I do think that every sports drama navigates the usual territory that every other film in the genre tends to go through. The story is good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The film works well enough to be an entertaining drama, but it is also flawed. I liked the film, but to be honest, I never really was a big Basketball all fan, so I simply view this one as a watchable, but quite forgettable sports drama. For what it is, it's an entertaining film, but it's no different than other film in this genre. The cast are good in their roles, and Josh Lucas delivers a performance that saves this film from being a total disappointment. Though a good film, this isn't a film I would rewatch again. I simply felt that it relied too much on the traditional clichés established in previous sports dramas that came before it. Though a worthy film to watch, Glory Road doesn't stand out. I enjoyed it for what it was, but felt it was missing something to really make it stand out. For me anyways, one of the best sports dramas that tried something totally new was Moneyball. Glory Road isn't a revolutionary film, but it's entertaining to say the least.
Cliche, yes but a good cliche type of movie. Descent to good acting and a great story make for a good sports film here.
Beyond the excellence of sports movies and Josh Lucas never ceases to amazes me in movies and the lives of the other basketball stories are inspiring as well :)
Glory Road Quotes
|Don Haskins:||Texas Western down in El Paso. Hey, after the game, when you get a minute I'd like to talk to you about playin' for me.|
|Don Haskins:||Jason, Don Haskins, Texas Western.|
|Willie "Scoops" Cager:||They're tryin' to take our dignity away from us.|
|Don Haskins:||Your dignity's inside. Nobody can take somethin' away from you that you don't give them.|
|Orsten Artis:||No, I'm lookin' for el hot dog-o.|
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