Remember the Titans Reviews
In the early 1970s, two schools in Alexandria Virginia integrate forming T.C. Williams High School. The Caucasian head coach of the Titans is replaced by an African American coach from North Carolina. Tensions arise when players of different races are forced together on the same football team. Many of these tensions are eased during the two-week training camp in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When players returned to Alexandria the players found the city in turmoil due to the forced desegregation of the high school. As the season progresses the team's success caused the community to accept the changes. After the Titans' perfect season, the team and the city were closer than ever.
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Disney is famous for creating never-never lands. They've done it here as well. The film is well produced, reasonably well acted and compelling in its own way. But it's as much a morality play and about as realistic as Little Red Riding Hood, full of soap opera scenarios, predictable turns of plot and guys in white hats and black hats. (Or is that football helmets?) And of course, they all live happily ever after. (Except one guy, but we can't give that one away, can we.) Based on a true story it may be. But I suspect the politically correct bunch at Disney took a lot of poetic licence. If you like "nice" pictures you'll like this one. Maybe if they had animated it, it would be more believable.
"Remember The Titans" is about Coach Boone (Dezel Washington) coming to a white high school in early 1970's Virginia to take over the head coaching spot from the extremely popular and classic Coach Yoast (Will Patton). Not only is this a big deal because Coach Yoast is so popular with his team and the school, but Coach Boone happens to be black and Coach Yoast is white. But this doesn't mean anything to Coach Boone because he just wants to win, no matter what it takes.
I'm not going to reveal much of the main plot itself other than to say that "Remember The Titans" is mainly a film about showing how different races can either come together, work together as a team and get along, or not come together at all.
"Remember The Titans" is without a doubt one of the best films of the year 2000. It has everything in it that football fans could want, such as fast-paced action on the field and hits that seem to be harder than a 50-MPH truck. But even more, it's about two different races who try to come together as one.
Denzel Washington is the true star of this film, but almost everybody, football players included, did a great job of portraying their characters in a realistic sense. As for Denzel, this is without a doubt one of his best efforts to date, if not his best.
Growing up in and still living in Alabama, I've seen and I still see a lot of racial segregation between blacks and whites every day. Myself, I'm not prejudice, I believe that people are people, that we should be judged on who we are, not what color we are. That being said, I believe "Remember The Titans" shows a great example of how racial prejudice could be overcome. Not saying that football is the answer, but teamwork and friendship could be.
I can't put everything about how great "Remember The Titans" is in words because that would mean giving away the biggest surprises and too much of the plot. Just as long as you like drama movies or if you've witnessed first-hand the difficulties between blacks and whites in your life, but you don't agree with it, at least watch "Remember The Titans." If you feel strongly about the subject and especially if you like football even one bit, go ahead and purchase this film. It will be money well spent. NOTE: That was my Amazon reviwe from the year 2001.
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What other and better way is there to brake racial lines, than making a sports drama? Right now, I can't come to think of any other ways. Sports is a perfect way to make strangers do anything for you and especially the team.
Similar films like "Remember the Titans" were released in 2006. on a short period of time, for example "We are Marshall" and "Gridiron Gang". This film was released six years earlier. Any differences between them? Not that much.
"Remember the Titans" is based on a true story. Well, these sport stories end up being fairy tales and so is this one. A mixed bunch of black and white high school footballers learn important things about each other and end up becoming a Team.
Watching them do it, is made in a very entertaining way. The young actors do a nice job and the same can be said of the old geezers, like Denzel Washington and Will Patton.
If your a sports fan, you'll obviously love the film but I'm still waiting for the perfect sports drama where the greatest sport of 'em all is featured... Hockey.