“A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don’t get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside your mind!” – Denzel Washington as Coach Boone.
If ever there was a movie based on the power of sport that has captured the imagination, it is Remember the Titans. Based on real life events in early 1970’s America, a time when racial integration was a burning issue, the movie explores topics of friendship, racism, and the power of a team to bind a community together.
The story starts with the racial integration of a high school in Virginia, and the appointment of an African American (Denzel Washington) as Head coach of the football team. The team goes through phases: from open hostility, to grudging respect to life long friendship, taking viewers on a see saw ride of emotions and adrenaline. As the team becomes a unit from a rag tag bunch of misfits, the movie shows us how the community goes through the same phases, although a step behind.
With powerful performances from Denzel Washington and Will Patton, backed by evergreen power of sport to fire and bind emotions, this is one heck of a movie. _Must_ watch is an understatement.