He, too, was a gifted athlete, becoming an All-American the next year. Only later did Boone learn that the school board never intended him to succeed. In the film the car Gerry crashes is a Camaro like it was in real life. For the next two days, members of the original team practiced the dance in the lobby of their hotel, with the coaches calling the shots, much like they had done years ago on the football field. Williams High School alumni: Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone A man who needs no introduction. When the team came back from camp, there was an obvious difference in their racial attitudes. Their opponents didn't appreciate the fact that the Titans had an advantage in having only seniors and juniors at the school.
An eighth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1981, Wilson spent a decade with the Vikings, appearing in 76 games with 48 starts. Coach Boone, Coach Yoast, and many players have said that there was tension at camp, but it existed primarily because of competition for positions on the team. I was a counselor and a coach. How did playing football help the students overcome their racial prejudice? Not surprisingly Coach Yoast, solidly played by Will Patton, takes umbrage at this obvious slight to his tenure, experience and standing in the community. There was an incident in which Boone had fought some members of the Ku Klux Klan; he bears a scar on his head from this encounter.
Bertier was killed by a drunk driver in a second car accident in 1980. In fact, their children had grown and matured in a short time under the tutelage of a master teacher, Coach Boone. Sheryl wasn't as deeply intense about football as the film depicts. Bridges to Reading: Pro Football Hall of Fame by Terry Dunnahoo -- Nonfiction -- Grades 4 - 6; America's Greatest Game by J. This is the essence if disloyalty. The character of Emma Hoyt Kate Bosworth is purely fictional.
Suggested Response: The desire to win sets a context in which the true beneficial lessons of sports can be taught. With a star-studded cast who shined even brighter after the film, we decided to check in on our favorite T. Denzel Washington is excellent as Coach Herman Boone. The scenes of the demonstrations are fictional, the filmmakers' way of showing racial tension. On Wednesday's unscheduled call, Jones stressed there were valid reasons for the delays in the expected naming of Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator and Jon Kitna as quarterbacks coach. If so, what is it? Unlike in the film, the real Sheryl Yoast had three sisters and she lived with her mother. Here's a look: Well played, sir.
In addition, the facilities had deteriorated due to lack of funding. Look at the coaches and the players Bertier and Campbell. It all came about and was possible through the hard work and sacrifices of these young men and their coaches who worked together proving to everybody that different ethnic groups can mesh unanimously for a singular ambition. But what about the blacks? How good of a football player was Gerry Bertier? There were many people who wanted the experiment to fail. They all replied that they were immediate family, not just Julius Campbell. In order for Denzel Washington's Coach Boone to unify all of his players and coaches and develop a great football team, he has to change the way the team practices on the field as well as how they live and think off of it. The episode shown in the film is a dramatic way in which the filmmakers sought to describe Coach Yoast's daily, morally courageous response to the situation.
While the 1971 Titans had 38 white players and 31 blacks, the 2001 Titans had 36 black players and only 6 white. There is no one ritual and its value can depend upon whether the team wins or loses, whether the team is well managed or not, whether there is cheating or steroid use, etc. Fred Alderson as Scott Miles. Even though the attitude portrayed by the restaurant may have been similar to existing establishments in the United States at that time, this scene was a fictional device created to help emphasize the racial tension in the movie's storyline. Emma's Friend as Shanda Besler.
They dominated league play from the first game and had only one close game during the regular season. There is no dispute that Coach Yoast deserved the position by custom and seniority and by a wide margin at that. And there is a delicate series of scenes in which the same white player breaks up with his girlfriend rather than break the bonds he has formed with teammates during an August training camp. In the uplifting film, which takes place in 1971, the football players learned, through mutual suffering at the hands of their coaches, to come together as a team, overcome challenges of racism and bigotry and show the larger community how to get along. Do you agree or disagree? Aren't they losing their team, too? We have to shine the -- yes, that's a cheap Oscars reference -- on a movie that's as relevant now as it was when it was released in 2000. But, being able to adapt is necessary for survival, and if you can't get used to change, you'll never make it through life.
In the movie we see Bill Yoast take his daughter Sheryl Yoast to Herman Boone's house to play with Boone's daughter. Their friendship was one of the key factors in bringing the team together and lasted throughout their lives. They sat and watched with the stars of the movie, and Luckett received an autograph from Denzel Washington — who played head coach Herman Boone — on an old T. Former Titan players have stated that this type of player would have been kicked off the team during training camp, before the season ever started. For most of the season, Coach Boone was afraid that Yoast was after his job. All I did before I was an actor was work with kids and play sports. The rest of the guys just fell in line because we all wanted to win.