#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1965, the coach of the high school girl basketball team Don Haskins is invited by the Texas Western Miners to be their coach. Despite the lack of budget, Haskins sees the chance to dispute the NCAA and moves with his wife and children to the college dormitory. He recruits seven talented and rejected black players to play with five Caucasian players and formed a legendary team that won the 1966 national championship against the powerful Kentucky.
Plot: 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.
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conventional but entertaining sports flick
“Glory Road” tells the true story of Don Haskins, the basketball coach for Western Texas College, who in the mid 1960’s, broke the color barrier in the NCAA by being the first to feature a majority of black players on his team. The movie chronicles the obstacles he and his players faced, as well as their ultimate triumph when the team won the national championship in 1966.
“Glory Road” worships at the altar of just about every underdog-sports-movie cliché one can imagine, yet the viewer can’t help getting caught up in its story anyway. The scenes in the first half of the movie definitely have a familiar ring to them, as we see the coach first alienating his players with his hardnosed tactics, then winning them over by building comradeship and showing them how much they can accomplish when they work together as a team rather than as individuals. However, as with “Remember the Titans,” “Glory Road” is more interested in examining the social background of its time period than in merely telling yet another sports-oriented David and Goliath tale. The second half of the film concentrates more on the overt racism the team members face and the surprising courage they and their coach demonstrate in confronting it (could this really be set a mere 40 years ago?). The young actors are uniformly excellent, but it is Josh Lucas as Coach Haskins who delivers the powerhouse performance here. And director James Gartner manages to keep the film moving at a fast clip, never allowing it to get bogged down in message-mongering or overt preachiness.
Almost in spite of itself, “Glory Road” turns into a genuinely inspiring story about courage and determination in the face of societal pressure and incalculable odds. And that’s pretty much what sports stories, familiar though they might be, are really all about.
Excellent story with some artistic license
I was a Texas Western graduate in 1966 and attended the school all four previous years that Don Haskins (“the Bear”) coached the basketball team. Of course, Coach Haskins came to TWC in 1961 and built his team over 5 years, not in one year as the movie tells it. I went to every home game in 1965-66 and remember every one as if it were yesterday. I watched all of the away games that were televised, including all of the games the Miners played in the NCAA tournament. Even though the producers of “Glory Road” took considerable artistic license, the story is mostly true. Here are some facts. The Miners blew away fourth ranked Iowa during a holiday tournament that season. It wasn’t even close as the movie depicts it. The great comeback was against New Mexico in the “Pit”. When Hispanic guard David Palacio came in to play in the second half, the team seemed to settle down and came from a 20 point deficit to win in overtime. The incredibly close game, and probably best game in America that year between the true best college teams in America was the Regional final between third ranked TWC and fourth ranked Kansas (not #1 Kentucky and #2 Duke in the final four semifinal), when Jo Jo White made that last second basket in overtime with his foot on the base line. The Miners went on to beat Kansas 81-80 in double overtime. Then the Miners beat Utah in the first game of the final four. If white player Jerry Armstrong hadn’t defended against Utah’s great Jerry Chambers, a black player, the Miners probably wouldn’t have made it to the championship game against Kentucky. Chambers was beating every defender badly, including Lattin, Shed, and Flournoy, until Armstrong was put in to cover him. Chambers finished with 38 points, mostly in the first half and was the tournament’s MVP.
Coach Haskins is beloved by every El Pasoan, whether living in the city now or not, and is a true American treasure. It’s wonderful for the rest of the country and the world to finally learn about “the Bear” and his great 1966 Miner team that El Paso has known and loved for 40 years. It’s much more than a basketball story, it’s a story about tolerance and what hard work and discipline can do through the leadership and determination of a great coach and human being.
The acting was superb, especially Josh Lucas’ performance as “the Bear”. His performance was spot on. The young actors playing on the team were outstanding. The early tensions shown between the black and white players in the movie did not exist according to the real players on that team. The book “Glory Road” is a must read, because it tells the true story told by “the Bear”, Don Haskins, himself. I also recommend David Lattin’s book “Slam Dunk to Glory”. The producers should have shown the real life characters, including Coach Haskins, Pat Riley, and some of the actual 1966 players earlier in the credits, because most of the audiences leave the theater without knowing they’re going to be interviewed. I thought that was the most interesting part of the movie. The movie and the story deserve a perfect 10. I hope it wins some awards.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director James Gartner
Writer Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois
Actors Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight
Awards 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Panavision Cameras and Lenses, Arriflex Cameras
Laboratory Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema