Thursday, January 12, 2006

Glory Road

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 4:00 AM

***1/2
Glory Road
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures
Rated: PG
Website: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/gloryroad/
Release Date: 2006-01-13
Cast: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Evan Jones, Emily Deschanel
Director: James Gartner
Screenwriter: Bettina Gilois, Gregory Allen Howard, Marc Hyman, Christopher Cleveland
Music Score: Trevor Rabin
WorkNameSort: Glory Road
Our Rating: 3.50

If the prospect of another reality-based Disney sports drama makes you want to pull your fingernails out with pliers, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this bio of the 1966 Texas Western Miners, the first college basketball team to win an NCAA championship with a starting lineup of "Negro" players. Not shying away from its full historical context, the movie puts that other N-word on the table good and early, followed by scenes of the pioneering players suffering restroom beatings and having their lodgings defiled by the KKK. This is as much a civil-rights drama as a sports story, and the commitment to believability is felt in the interaction between the black and white teammates, whose path to total comradeship is more complicated than merely learning to appreciate each other's cute little music. The writing is blunt and obvious in places – at the end of the day, it's still a Disney movie – but the sentiments are genuine and the performances reek of pathos. (PG)

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