Starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Ethan Suplee
Directed By: Boaz Yakin
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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The year is 1971, and the country was going through some historic changes. Integration was just put into place by the Government, and many communities had some big changes to make. For a town in Virginia, it would take a football team to eventually bring them together and put aside their differences. Despite having controversy over the new implementations, T.C. Williams High School united under one magical football season and brought the town together. Remember The Titans is a great movie for its uplifting themes and exciting football action.
Coach Yoast (Patton) was having a stellar career with 15 winning seasons, when all of a sudden is replaced in favor of an African American coach from North Carolina, Coach Boone (Washington.) Due to a National mandate to integrate the schools across the country, T.C. Williams High School is formed. To help run the football team, Coach Boone is hired. Coach Yoast was pretty much thrown to the side due to an overwhelming pressure from town officials to hire someone of African American decent. Both men are respected amongst their peers but don’t see eye to eye on a lot of matters. One of these being who exactly should be running the football squad. Yoast eventually joins the team again as an Assistant Coach under Boone and the two men set off for training camp, with a very militaristic feel about it. A mix of both white and black players, tensions and tempers are flared immediately. Boone and Yoast do their best to not only teach the players the best they know about football but also about life and how it relates to the game. When they arrive back home, reality sets in as two races begin to blend into society and the team is not exactly prepared for real life outside of football. While football is the backdrop of the story, the players learned a hell of a lot more about themselves and the world than just the game.
Bonus features included a few deleted scenes, all included in the directors cut of the movie. There are a few more scenes but for the most part, only a few scenes were added back in to show character development. I always prefer the directors cut of the films anyhow. Unless it’s like Howard the Duck or something, then I’ll just prefer the theatrical version. Also, three making of featurette’s gives the viewer an insider look at how the story develops, and a special look at how Denzel transformed into Herman Boone, and finally “Beating the Odds” which discusses how this movie was based on a true story and how the writer developed the script and what took place afterwards. It’s real interesting stuff to check out.
Remember The Titans is a great feel good movie by Disney that brings viewers right home with real life scenarios and enthralling football sequences. Excitement, filled with emotion, passion, the story really grabbed me and I love watching the movie to this day. It was great to watch the director’s cut with a few new scenes added and helps add some extra character development. I recommend this film to anyone who loves football and wants to see some history as well.
-“Denzel Becomes Boone” Featurette
-“Beating The Odds” Featurette
-“Remember The Titans An Inspirational Journey Behind the Scenes,” Hosted by Lynn Swann
-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
-FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Training Camp, Gettysburg, First Day at School, Playoffs
Running Time: 120 minutes