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Cast & Credits:
Herman Boone: Denzel Washington
Bill Yoast: Will Patton
Petey Jones: Donald Faison
Julius Campbell: Wood Harris
Gerry Bertier: Ryan Hurst
Lewis Lastik: Ethan Suplee
Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass: Kip Pardue
Jerry Harris ("The Rev"): Craig Kirkwood
Carol Boone: Nicole Ari Parker
Sheryl Yoast: Hayden Panettiere
Emma Hoyt: Kate Bosworth
Ray Budds: Burgess Jenkins
Darryl Stanton: ("Blue"): Earl C. Poitier
Director: Boaz Yakin
Prodcuers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Writers: Gregory Allan Howard
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures (Disney)
Release Date: September 29, 2000
Running Time: 1 hour, 53 Minutes

Awards & Nominations:
None

 

 

"I'm not the answer to your prayers, I'm not Martin Luther King Jr., I'm just a football coach."

- Coach Herman Boone (portrayed by Denzel Washington) in Remember the Titans.

Synopsis:

While on the surface, high school football may seem like an innocent game played by the young, for the young, it is, in fact, much, much more. For millions, including many fans who are well removed from their high school years but who love to sit in those creaky bleachers every Friday night, it is so much more. Director Boaz Yakin's Remeber the Titans captures the heart of high school football while tackling the sins of society, chronicling the true story of the undefeated 1971 T.C. Williams team of Alexandria, Virginia, which was the first integrated high school team in the state.

Denzel Washington brings his ever-powerful presence to the role of coach Herman Boone, who is brought in to oversee the transition to integration. Though Boone is eventually successful as a coach, the townspeople dissaprove of him because he replaces the popular, entrenched former coach, Bill Yoast (Will Patton). At first, coach Yoast resents being supplanted, while coach Boone is told that his promotion was just for show--to help the integration--and that he's likely to be lifted if the team loses a game. Will the coaches and players be able to overcome their adversity and make T.C. Williams a beacon for integration in sports? Those viewers who follow history already know the answer. But 'Titans' portrays the story and delivers the inspirational result with a passion and glory that will warm the hearts of all those dedicated high school football fans who continue to bring pride to the sport

 

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The Titans celebrate after winning the state title. (Courtesy of Buena Vista Productions.)

Scene where Julius Campbell (Wood Harris) and Gerry Bertier (Ryan Hurst) bond at camp. (Courtesy of Buena Vista Productions.)

 

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