Glory Road

Glory Road

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Director: James Gartner

Cast: James Gartner, Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight

     
 

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A true-life story of a basketball team who broke down barriers while racking up victories is the basis for this sports drama. Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) was a high school and college basketball star who, after six years of working with high school teams, became the head coach at Texas Western University in 1962. At that time, Texas Western's basketball program was not… See more details below

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A true-life story of a basketball team who broke down barriers while racking up victories is the basis for this sports drama. Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) was a high school and college basketball star who, after six years of working with high school teams, became the head coach at Texas Western University in 1962. At that time, Texas Western's basketball program was not well respected, but Haskins was determined to change that, and in 1966 Haskins assembled what he was certain was a winning team. However, Haskins' starting lineup was comprised entirely of African-American athletes at a time when racially integrated teams were still a novelty in the South and West. Despite generating a firestorm of controversy, Haskins and his players showed they could succeed where it counted -- on the court. In post-season play Haskins and the Texas Western team found themselves competing for the NCAA championship against the University of Kentucky's all-white team, lead by legendary coach Adolph Rupp (Jon Voight). Glory Road also stars Derek Luke, Alphonso McAuley, Mehcad Brooks, Al Shearer, Damaine Radcliff, Sam Jones III, and Schin S. Kerr as members of Haskins' winning team.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Glory Road, the opening credits inform us, is "based on the story of the team that changed everything." The film recounts the tale of the all-black Texas Western Miners, who defeated the all-white Kentucky Wildcats (and legendary "coach of the century" Adolph Rupp) for the 1966 NCAA Championship, a momentous upset that, indeed, significantly changed the racial landscape of college basketball. The feat makes for a slam-dunk sports movie, expertly brought to the screen by director James Gartner and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who helmed the similarly inspiring Remember the Titans. Josh Charles stars as Don Haskins, an unknown girl's basketball coach who eagerly accepts the chance to coach the Division 1 Miners. When the premier white players balk at playing for a coach with such slender credentials, he recruits overlooked black players. As the season progresses, Haskins ignores the "unwritten rules" that severely limit the number of black players in a team's lineup (one at home games, two on the road). By the time of the epic showdown with Kentucky, Haskins is putting five black starters on the court, a breakthrough of Jackie Robinson proportions. A documentary approach might have been truer to the facts, but Glory Road scores by following the tried-and-true Hollywood playbook, pitting feisty underdogs against seemingly overwhelming odds. The superb cast, including an understated Jon Voight as Rupp -- who initially patronizes Haskins and realizes too late that history is being made at his expense -- help make the clichés go down easier. The moving end credits fill us in on the lives of the men who brought about a new era on the hardwood.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
UPC:
0786936292640
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
26,140

Special Features

Legacy of the Bear: Highlights of Coach Haskins' illustrious career; Surviving Practice: An inside look into Coah Haskins' training regimen; In Their Own Words - Remembering 1966: Extended interviews with players and Colleagues of Coach Haskins; Alicia Key music video - "Sweet Music"; Deleted scenes; Two audio commentaries - Director James Gartner & producer Jerry Bruckheimer; - Writers Chris Cleveland & Bettina Gilois

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Lucas Don Haskins
Derek Luke Bobby Joe Hill
Jon Voight Adolph Rupp
Emily Deschanel Mary Haskins
Evan Jones Moe Iba
Austin Nichols Jerry Armstrong
Sam Jones Willie Worsley
Tatyana Ali Tina
Alphonso McAuley Orsten Artis
Kim Wall Kentucky Wife #1
Mehcad Brooks Harry Flournoy, Jr.
Red West Ross Moore
Damaine Radcliff Willie "Scoops" Cager
Al Shearer Nevil Shed
Schin S. Kerr David Lattin
Kip Weeks Togo Railey
Mitch Eakins Dick Meyers
Alejandro Hernandez David Palacio
James Olivard Louie Baudoin
Lyfe Jennings Singer
Alicia Keys Singer

Technical Credits
James Gartner Director
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Chris Cleveland Screenwriter
Kevin Constant Art Director
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Alix Friedberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Bettina Gilois Screenwriter
Andy Given Executive Producer
Gregory Allen Howard Screenwriter
John Wright Editor
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Ronna Kress Casting
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Pat Sandston Associate Producer
Mike Stenson Executive Producer
John Toon Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Glory Road
1. Opening Title [:00]
2. Recruiting a Team [:00]
3. Moving to El Paso [:00]
4. Crossing the Border [:00]
5. Learning As a Team [7:00]
6. Season Opener [8:21]
7. Another Evening Outing [8:33]
8. Cold Reception [8:49]
9. More Unwelcome Away Games [7:09]
10. Unexpected Hero [10:22]
11. Preparing for the Championship [4:52]
12. Pep Talk [8:55]
13. National Championship Game [10:47]
14. Two Minutes From Victory [:24]
15. National Champs [:08]
16. Where Are They Now? [6:55]

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