On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations. One Black and one White high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the Black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other. Written by
A story recounted by director Paul Thomas Anderson on the Director's Cut podcast says that despite a Pasadena test screening scoring the film at a near-flawless 98 percent, a Disney executive nervously pondered that there was "work to do" on the film. Nevertheless, the film was a box-office hit and has endured a long afterlife on home video and cable. See more »
The correct name of the Groveton team that they played in game three was the Tigers, not the Lions. See more »
Coach Boone, you did a good job up here. You ran a tough camp from what I can see.
Well I'm very happy to have the approval of a 5 year old.
I'm 9 and a half, thank you very much.
Why don't you get this little girl, some pretty dolls or something coach?
I've tried. She loves football.
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Home movies are shown of each person, when they state what happened to them after the '71 season. See more »
This movie is more than just about football, race relations and integration. The lead characters excellently portray the human spirit, showing that everyone can overcome not just on the field but also in life. The ending is predictable, but it draws you in with the intense emotion to win both on and off the field.
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