Glory Road Reviews
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
"Glory Road" tells the true (though as with any such movie, apparently partially fictionalized) story of the Texas Western basketball team's 1966 season as it startled the nation with its march to the national championship. Though it takes place after passage of the Civil Rights Act and during the brotherhood speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., the blatant racism of earlier times lingered more than a little. The film does a good job of providing viewers with a taste of that fact. It is certainly an inspirational story and the cast does as well as can be expected in a movie that necessarily must attempt to explore a number of characters. On the negative side, the game scenes sometimes seemed poorly filmed and some of the dialog - especially the radio and television announcers - was stilted and felt awkward. Still, for those who appreciate a good sports movie, this is worth a look.
[font=Century Gothic]I remember reading an article about the 1965-1966 Texas Western men's basketball team about ten years ago.(The original article, "Glory Denied" by Bryan Woolley originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News. It was reprinted in the Best American Sports Writing 1992 where I came across it.) I was struck by what such a great story it is. Alas, "Glory Road" does not live up to that promise. There are too many sudden mood shifts to mention and it is hardly subtle but it is also a very enjoyable movie about a historic sporting event. The film effectively shows how segregated the South used to be. And it is anchored by a magnetic performance from Josh Lucas.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]By the way, I love that stuffed alligator! [/font]
"Glory Road" is the inspiring true story of Don Haskins, a small town coach who accepts an offer from an El Paso College to coach a team who hasn't won a championship in 15 years, The Texas Western Miners. But Haskins see the only way his new team has a shot at winning the championship is for him to something, for that time, nobody has done before. Start seven black players on his team a first in NCAA history. With that Haskins searches the country over to fins the right boys for his team and he does find and recruit them, train them. And with that Haskins set's off to make history by changing the face of basketball forever and taking his team all the way to," Glory Road"
This film is much like other sports movies and then at some points it is not. The way it is like other films of it's genre is that you know what is going to happen in the end, but you don't know what lead to those events or what started the story. That is the reason sports films still hold strong today and why this one triumphs over it's formula and soars above the rest. "Glory Road" is among the best sports films I've seen in a long time it's story powerful and heart-wrenching and it's out coming uplifting and inspiring. "Glory Road" is a truly magnificent film about one man and his team and how he took them all the way to the top.
Josh Lucas gives one of his best performances of his career as the tough coach Don Haskins, Lucas doesn't hold anything back and gives his all to make his performance believable and his role power house. It is him and the fantastic cast of young actors that keeps this film afloat and keep the story going. The cast does fantastic in there assigned parts and they keep this film going when it should fall apart and they take it in their hands and make it something more, much more.
This is the type of film that demands your surrender to it's broad story and it's passion for the game. It calls for you to watch how a mismatched team does the impossible. How they redefined a game forever and how they changed the outlook of African-Americans in sports. All in all it's an amazing film about a story that was not truly,completely know until now, "Glory Road" shines.