For years I've gone between top 50 lists or even up to 250-300 when looking at my favorite films. These…
Remember the Titans
Before they could win, they had to become one.
Remember the Titans is a celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction, and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony. The year is 1971. After leading his team to 15 winning seasons, football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), tough, opinionated, and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. How these two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions, plays out in a story full of soul and spirit.
I already forgot them.
Despite being an optimistic, happy human being, my film choices can often be dark, ominous, and depressing. For whatever reason, I use film as a outlet to tap into a side of me I rarely visit in everyday life, a side of me that is fascinated by serial killers and betrayal and perversion. After my beautiful young daughter is asleep for the night, I allow myself to dim the lights and fall into worlds created by Fincher, Kubrick, Tarantino, and so on. I love every second of it.
You might be wondering, what the hell does any of this have to do with Remember the Titans? It doesn't, that's precisely the point. Even in the darkness and calm of night,…
Predictable, overly sentimental but undeniably powerful and heartwarming, Boaz Yakin's Remember the Titans is an underrated sports drama about the racial conflict that takes place within a football team.
Denzel Washington leads the way with a terrific performance - easily the strongest aspect of this film - as he leads a wonderful cast to fulfill their lesser significant roles to highly impressive standards. Each of the many characters are strangely endearing, albeit few are strongly developed, but the heart of the film lies in the bond between Washington's Coach Boone and Patton's Yoast. The many racial challenges and the means of overcoming these challenges is presented as quite an ordeal but the dramatic aspects of Remember the Titans is at…
Football's back, so I felt it was an apt time to finally check this one off. A film that's usually towards the top of 'best football film' lists (admittedly there's not that many great ones) so I was intrigued. But holy shit, this is awful. Was I expecting a masterpiece? Not at all, but I was hoping for something that wasn't so cliché-ridden, stereotypical and simply idiotic.
The film might have lost me within the first ten minutes to be honest, where it depicted every single white person in the small Virginian town as being racist. Black people in the town had been marginalised, discriminated against but according to this film there wasn't a single white person with any decency.…
"This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today.
This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies.
Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were.
I don't care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men."
- Coach Boone
"Alice, are you blind? Don't you see the family resemblance? That's my brother." Gerry Bertier
Even though I had seen this movie at least a dozen times, it had been a few years since I'd watched it. This watch made it go from 4.5 stars to 5.
I'm recently discovering that films that are based on true stories really are my thing!
Remember the Titans has so much heart, humour and great scripting. The actors were all brilliantly cast, little Gos is so adorable; Denzel and Will Patton work extremely well together and telling my friends that Gerry Bertier/Ryan Hurst is Opie from SOA always gets some unbelieving wows!
Will forever be one of my favourites!
Predictable but enjoyable. Utilises themes of racism and integration to tell a solid heartwarming story.
Box office $ 136.7 million
This captivating movie follows the integration of a Virginia high school football team as they face challenges neither player nor coach could predict. Being the first integrated football team in the area, T.C. Williams High School was challenged with playing in a still racist, mainly segregated league. As the team underwent a painful training camp, the players and coaches were forced to "come together, right now, on this hollow ground (or) will be destroyed." With his job on the line, Coach Boone must lead his team, the only racially mixed team in the league, through an undefeated season. With the season winding down, unexpected events lead the team to form a family bond in order…
The most quotable movie of all time.
i can't believe ryan gosling invented dancing
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Somehow I made it through middle school and high school from 2001-2010 without seeing what many consider to be one of the greatest sports movies of all time, but I finally watched Remember the Titans. I can certainly see why it is up there in the genre despite an average screenplay.
Denzel Washington gives a solid performance, portraying real-life African American football coach, Herman Boone who is hired to unite a recently desegregated T.C Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. All of the teen/young adult actors who played the high school athletes were also more than serviceable for their roles, each having moments to shine. Two favorites of mine were Donald Faison as Petey Jones and Ethan Suplee…
This movie has all the normal beats you expect. The impact, however, may be greater than you expect. As I have said many times, I don't mind watching a story I've seen before. There are only so many stories to tell. Just tell it well.
This film takes place in the year of my birth, 1971. In 1971 we, as a culture, were wrestling with some of the same demons we're still wrestling with today.
Reading about the veracity of the story and man the film is based on is not usually a good idea. There are VAST changes from reality to film.
The story told here is worth telling. The performances and direction are sound. In the end, the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
LOL, look at Avon Barksdale, man. His role is always either a drug dealer, a ball player or a rapper. Way to break the stereotypes, Avon.
Paint by numbers inspiration. The ease at which it is able to be consumed is its greatest insult. The filmmakers don’t ask us to remember the Titans, but rather the beats of every sports film that preceded it.
Great football film, great acting...but it plays on the tears a little much for me.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
I realize some of these cast a VERY white lens on the black experience. I'm including them in my list…