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Glory Road (2006)



Critic Consensus: As formulaic as sports movies get, this underdog story still triumphs on the strength of its inspiring story.

Movie Info

The inspiring true story of the underdog Texas Western basketball team, with history's first all African American starting lineup of players, who took the country by storm, surprisingly winning the 1966 NCAA tournament title. Josh Lucas stars as Hall of Famer Don Haskins, the passionately dedicated college basketball coach that changed the history of basketball with his team's victory in this time of innocence.

Rating: PG (for racial issues including violence and epithets, and mild language)
Genre: Sports & Fitness , Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Christopher Cleveland , Bettina Gilois , Gregory Allen Howard , Chris Cleveland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
Box Office: $42.4M
Buena Vista - Official Site


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 Nevil Shed

as Dick Meyers

as Ross Moore

as Togo Railey

as Louie Baudoin

as David Lattin

as David Palacio

as Willie `Scoops' Cabe...

as Kentucky Wife #1

as David Lattin

as Willie Worsley
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Critic Reviews for Glory Road

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (38)

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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An underdog sports movie by the numbers.

Full Review… | November 27, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Bright Lights Film Journal

Playing out like Remember The Titans for basketball fans, Glory Road is yet another would-be inspirational true story that follows sports-movie conventions.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

Why must Hollywood lace every African-American drama with elements of comedy, as if black people find everything comical?

Full Review… | May 2, 2007

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Cliche, yes but a good cliche type of movie. Descent to good acting and a great story make for a good sports film here.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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 :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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