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May 4, 2001

-->Directed.....Boaz Yakin [The Rookie, Fresh, A Price Above Rubies]
-->Written.....Gregory Allen Howard
-->Cinematography.....Philippe Rousselot [Hope And Glory, Dangerous Liaisons, Trop Belle Pour Toi (Too Beautiful For You), We're No Angels, Henry & June, A River Runs Through It, Flesh And Bone, La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), Interview With The Vampire, Mary Reilly, The People Vs. Larry Flynt]
-->Coach Herman Boone.....Denzel Washington [St. Elsewhere, A Soldier's Story, Power, Cry Freedom, Glory, The Mighty Quinn, Mo' Better Blues, Mississippi Masala, Richochet, Malcolm X, Much Ado About Nothing, The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, Virtuosity, Devil In A Blue Dress, Courage Under Fire, He Got Game, The Siege]

Black coach is selected to take over integrated high school football program from very popular white coach.

Denzel could read the phone book and I'd watch. In the spirit of Rudy, watch this film without thinking about it. Every possible cliche in football film or black-and-white-race relations film history is redone here. It's funny and never boring. The football is pretty cool. The bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. Denzel makes you want to suit up and play for him, that's for sure. Nothing objectionable here and yes, I teared up a few times, but then again I'm a sap.


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