In 1971 T.C. Williams High School is being integrated. In the name of affirmative action African-American Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) is appointed school football coach over popular white coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton). Determined to coach and select his team without favour Boone must overcome the resentment of white players and handle the adulation of the black community in order to mould a successful team. Based on a true story.
 

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They came together when their classmates and loved ones would not.

You might well yawn at yet another movie about American football, but the game`s not the main event in Remember the Titans - racism is......Set in the early 1970`s when bussing students from segregated schools to integrated schools in America became mandatory, Remember the Titans tells the apparently true story of the employment of a black football coach Herman Boone - Denzel Washington - at a Virginia high school. His appointment is political and he replaces the popular incumbent Bill Yoast - Will Patten - who has a precocious young daugther - Hayden Panettiere - who thinks she knows more about football than her single dad. But it`s the ritual of prejudice of white players versus the black ones that coach Boone is determined to confront head on......The really ugly truth of the times is glossed over in this whitebread version of the pains of integration. It`s a rah- rah film that has its moments but the moments tend to be terribly unsubtle. The director was Boaz Yakin who make such a striking debut film with Freshu some years ago, but possibly more to the point is that it`s a Jerry Bruckheimer film in association with Walt Disney Pictures and it`s about as deep as Bruckheimer lets himself go. It`s not that it`s unenjoyable, it is that it deals with really big issues in a fairly superficial way, but at least it deals with the issues. Denzel Washington is as impressive as barking orders and making soulful speeches lets him be, the characters in the team are the usual enjoyable ensemble with no particular standouts for me Remember The Titans opens nationally on January 25.David`s comments: This is a film with its heart in the right place, but its bombastic, unsubtle, hectoring tone does it a disservice. The story is a strong one, but the gung ho treatment is off-putting, and the performances just ordinary. It`s also very loud.

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1 hour 53 min