Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Craig Kirkwood
1971, Alexandria, Virginia, black and white divide ran deep, very deep. The school board wanted to bring an end to this and thus integrated the black and white schools and hired a black football coach to take over. Football was a religion, more worshipped than Christmas and the white folks objected whereas the blacks rejoiced. Coach Herman Boone (Washington) was not here to teach football but to bring everyone together. He faced a lot of resistance from all sides, including Coach Bill Yoast (Patton) from whom he took over. Gerry Bertier (Hurst) was team captain and soon realised that if the team needs to win, the racial divide needs to end. He became best friends with Julius (Harris) someone whom he hated from the very first day and slowly and steadily the friendship between black and white grew, not only amongst the team players but amongst the people of Virginia. The movie narrates a true life story which is delivered in the perfect manner. Denzel Washington fits the bill of the aggressive and tough football coach who will stop at nothing. Its a wonderful and very inspiring movie and leaves you with a good feeling.
Thumbs up: Nice performances, good plot execution
Thumbs down: Nothing in particular but nothing spectacular either