DVD REVIEW: Remember the Titans, a classic film on sports and cultural change

BLAKE SMITH, Staff writer

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“Remember The Titans” tells the inspirational true story about the struggles and victories of an integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Va.

The film reflects the divisive nature of the times. It begins with a near-riot scene between African-Americans and whites on the street separated by the police as bottles and windows break.

The racial tensions of the town, also segregation in restaurants, racial slurs, fist fights in the high school are shown to highlight the backdrop in which the Titans must learn to get along and play together as a team.

At first the team dislikes coming together.But key players of different races like Louie Lastik (played by Ethan Suplee) and Jerry “Rev” Harris (Craig Kirkwood), eventually helped bring the team closer together. Coach Boone, played by Denzel Washington, works to bring the team together through unorthodox coaching methods.

Two main characters are Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, played by Ryen Hurst and Wood Harris. The movie revolves around them mostly because they change drastically from being enemies at first and then being best friends.     

Ultimately, “Remember the Titans” is a deeply moving film about the courage of individuals and the power of sports to transcend and set aside differences.

Time of movie: 113 minutes

Director: Boaz Yakin

Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

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DVD REVIEW: Remember the Titans, a classic film on sports and cultural change