Glory Road

Released 2006


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James Gartner
Glory Road is an acclaimed 2006 sports drama, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on a true story, the film tells the story of how a small college named Texas Western University adverts racism, prejudice, and other obstacles to win the 1966 NCAA Championnship against Adolf Rupp's Kentucky basketball team. Texas Western's Coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), leads the first all-black starting lineup team to the 1966 NCAA national basketball championship title. Coach Haskins has a lot going against him: first, Texas Western has a poor basketball program, and second, he cannot recruit good white players to the team. Coach Haskins goes to Northern cities to recruit talented black players from the streets to play for his team. The black players must adjust to his coaching, and not play street basketball. Coach Haskins doesn't see color when he evaluates the skill of all of his players, and chooses who plays in the game. With courage and determination, Coach Haskins changed basketball history, when his underdog team beats the powerhouse Kentucky team.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Glory Road is satisfying less for its virtuosity than for its sincerity, and also because it will acquaint audiences with a remarkable episode that had ramifications far beyond the...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Ripped directly from Disney's playbook of inspirational sports movies, it's devoid of any original elements that might deter it from that successful formula, hewing closer to the s...

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Drama, Sports