Remember the Titans

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Eric Hood
Movie Paper Assignment
History 1311
Jason Tetzloff
Remember The Titans

The civil unrest that occurred during the 1960’s and 1970’s is hard to imagine. For people that didn’t experience the civil rights movement, that time period is only known through movie and book images. Remember The Titans is an American film based on true events starring Denzel Washington, Will Patten, and Wood Harris. The movie takes place in the 1970’s in suburban Virginia. One of the main focuses of the film is on the integration of whites and blacks into one school and one football team. The film is very accurate in its history. Although a few details are inaccurate, such as the year the school was integrated, the director, Boaz Yakin, did a great job keeping the facts straight.

The movie is a Hollywood drama based on the true story of a newly integrated school, T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia, and its football team in 1971. The movie begins with a prelude explaining the integration of the school and a short background of Bill Yoast, a white football coach with a prestigious résumé. Drama begins when a black coach, Herman Boone, is chosen to be head coach of the newly established high school. Coach Boone is a strict leader with an unbelievable sense of pride, which can be seen within the first minutes of meeting him. As the team loads the bus to train at summer football camp, Coach Boone integrates every white player with a black player as roommates. For two weeks the team is sent away to practice and bond together as a team. By the end of the camp many teammates of different colors become friends, and team chemistry begins to build. As the movie continues, the drama follows.

Although Remember The Titans is based on a true story, it is surely exaggerated. T.C. Williams High School was developed by an integration of the black and white schools under federal mandate in the Virginia school systems in 1963. In the movie it states that the school was...
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