Glory Road (2006)
*** (out of 4)
Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) leads Texas Western to the NCAA Championship
game where he starts five black players against Adolph Rupp and the
University of Kentucky. Don't go into this thing expecting a history
lesson and you should leave having a pretty good time. Lucas is very
good in the role of Haskins, which also had him gaining over thirty
pounds. The supporting cast of kids do nice work and it's rather
interesting seeing John Voight under all that make up to the play the
legendary Rupp. The "black vs. white" story takes a lot of liberties
but it remains fun throughout..
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Good movie it's amazing.
this movie is fantastic. shows, leadership, and how strong these men were. 5 star movie. my favorite movie of all time is this one. best sport movie out there..
one of the best movies i ever seen..
glory road an inspiring true story.
Truly Moving Picture
I saw this film on December 22nd in Indianapolis. I am one of the
judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their
Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture " explores the human
journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive
values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.
It's 1965 in Texas, and a new, young, white basketball coach, Don
Haskins, gets his first chance to coach a Division I men's basketball
team, Texas Western. There is a lot going against him. His past
experience is coaching a women's basketball team, and the school has a
poor basketball tradition, and he cannot recruit good white players.
But, he is determined to succeed. And, he doesn't see color when he
Forty years ago, there were virtually no black college players in the
South. There was even an unwritten rule that you could play 1 black at
a time at home, 2 on the road, and 3 if you were losing badly. Don
Haskins recruits blacks in Northern cities, and brings them to Texas
Western to play basketball and, just as important, to be students..
The road to glory is not easy, and there are many obstacles. The black
players have to adjust to a strict coach who wants them to play
fundamental basketball and not street basketball. The black players
face subtle and overt racial prejudice. And the school administration,
alumni, and student body aren't quite sure their coach is doing the
The black players, the white players, and Don Haskins display great
human traits as they persevere throughout the school year and
basketball season. They are courageous and even heroic in meeting great
challenges. They sacrifice to achieve their goals. And, they keep their
dignity at all times.
This is a "Hoosiers" with a conscience. The quality of the production
and the acting is equal to "Hoosiers." And like "Hoosiers", it is based
on a true story.
FYI There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a
listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either
at the theater or available on video..