Remember the Titans
Directed by Boaz Yakin, Remember the Titans explores racism in the community of Alexandria and the struggles of dealing with an integrated society, school and football team. Remember the Titans makes evident that ultimately the community of Alexandria are the real winners after the Titans gain victory at the Championship and the public learn to accept the opposite race and treat them with newfound respect. The creation of friendships, their attitudes towards each other and realising opportunities are all positives that came from the gradual acceptance of change.
Characters in the film form friendships within the community whether they’re African-American or Caucasian, subsequently to the good example set by the Titans’ Championship team. This is seen through Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier when they are placed in a room together on football camp causing agitation between the two. Julius and Gerry first meet when they are seated together on the bus and Coach Boone announces “the person I have you sitting next to is the same one that you’ll be rooming with for the duration of this camp”. The two characters show their hate for each other in many ways, the first being on the bus Julius tells Gerry he “can shut-up”, causing more conflict between the two. Together with the encounter over a poster in their room, it’s clear the two are far from friends. Although as the team starts pulling together and begin to win their games of football this changes dramatically. Gerry listens to Julius and lectures one of the team members, Gerry’s best friend about his terrible blocking for one of the African-American players. This results in Julius and Gerry shouting “left-side” “strong side” at each other, being the start of a close friendship and unity. This great friendship develops over time and they soon become so close they call each other “brother[s]” and Gerry invites Julius over to meet his “mama” which is a big deal, considering at the start of...
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