This inspiring true story, starring Josh Lucas and Jon Voight, tells a kind of a “David and Goliath” story of how a minor college’s basketball team – under a coach whose only previous experience had been with a girls’ netball squad – won the United States men’s Division 1 championship in 1966. What made the feat even more remarkable was that real-life coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) led the team with an all black starting line up – back in the days when very few Afro-Americans even played big league basketball, particularly in the Deep South!
It’s a tale of hardships and courage; of prejudice and perseverance…and while possibly not quite in the same league as Facing the Giants that deals with American gridiron football, it’s a similar kind of film. I give it four stars for sheer entertainment value alone.
Award-winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer (National Treasure, King Arthur
) delivers another triumphant winner with this exciting and inspirational true story about one man who makes a difference!
Hollywood favorite Josh Lucas (Poseidon, Sweet Home Alabama) stars as Don Haskins, the charismatic coach of a tiny university, who bucks convention by recruiting the best players he can find who have been shunned by other coaches, even if that means integrating the team along colour lines. Their unlikely success sends shockwaves through the sport that follow his underdog team all the way to an epic showdown with the #1 ranked team for the National Championship!
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