Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans

Infobox Film
name = Remember the Titans

caption = Theatrical poster
director =Boaz Yakin
producer =Jerry Bruckheimer
Chad Oman
writer =Gregory Allen Howard
starring =Denzel Washington
Will Patton
Hayden Panettiere
Donald Faison
Ethan Suplee
music =Trevor Rabin
cinematography =Philippe Rousselot
editing =Michael Tronick
distributor =Walt Disney Pictures
released =September 29 2000
runtime =113 minutes
language =English
budget =$30,000,000
imdb_id =0210945|

"Remember the Titans" is a 2000 American sports drama directed by Boaz Yakin, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Walt Disney Pictures. The film stars Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone. "Remember the Titans" centers on the football team of the newly integrated T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. The critical and commercial success of the movie led to Disney producing many other sports films.


The film is based on true events and takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, at brand new desegregated T.C. Williams High School. Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) is hired as head coach for the school's football team, taking the place promised to former head coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton). Yoast at first refuses Boone's offer of a position as assistant head coach, but then changes his mind. The black and white members of the football team clash in racially-motivated conflicts on a few occasions throughout their time at football camp, but after forceful coaxing and team building efforts by Coach Boone, the team manages to achieve some form of unity, as well as success. Boone makes the camp quite rigorous; the bus leaving for the camp at the beginning is to depart at precisely 7:29 am and all members are instructed to wear a shirt and tie; anyone not doing so will watch the season and not compete. At the camp, anybody who displays any sort of misconduct at practice is instructed to run a mile, and along the route passing through Civil War gravestones. The main conflict is taken to a personal level by the portrayal of the conflict between Gerry Bertier (Ryan Hurst) and Julius Campbell (Wood Harris), two players of equally outstanding athletic ability, but different ethnic backgrounds, who at first can't stand one another but eventually become sworn brothers (the turning point of their relationship becomes a focal point for the team in its racially divided ways giving way to true unity). Upon return from camp to school, the team runs through its regular season competition undefeated while battling the racial prejudice that was then typical of, though not exclusive to, the American South. All American player Gerry Bertier is paralyzed in an automobile accident while celebrating one of the later team's victories. Although Bertier is no longer able to play, the team goes on to win the championship, setting an example for the town in the process. The football team wins the AAA State championship game in Roanoke, and is first runner up in the national championship. Bertier later goes on to win a gold medal in the shotput event at the Paralympic Games. Ten years later, the team reunites at the end of the film to attend Bertier's funeral, after he was killed in another auto accident.

Music and soundtrack

"Remember the Titans" used many 1960s and early 1970s popular songs like Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", Marvin Gaye's & Tammi Tarrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", Sly And The Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher", and James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" on its soundtrack. Eric Burdon and War's song "Spill The Wine" was also used briefly.

Trevor Rabin composed the instrumental score, of which "Titan's Spirit" was the only cue (of 12 composed) added to the soundtrack. "Titan's Spirit" was a rousing seven-minute exploration of the movie's energetic themes. It is used presently on many sports telecasts, particularly those on NBC, which has used the score during its closing credits montage for the last four Olympic Games (Salt Lake 2002, Athens 2004, Torino 2006 and Beijing 2008) as well as with the final closing credits montage for their 12-year run with the NBA in 2002. It was also used by the event's organizers to accompany the celebration and fireworks at Invesco Field at the end of the 2008 Democratic National Convention after Barack Obama had given his acceptance speech, and as veteran New York Mets players crossed home plate during the closing ceremonies at Shea Stadium.


Several locations around metro Atlanta were used for filming. This included Druid Hills High School, Shamrock Middle School, Paulding County High School [ [ Remember the Titans (2000) - Trivia ] ] , the city square in Covington, GA, Newton County's Sharp Stadium, Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and the stadiums of Sprayberry High School in Marietta and Etowah High School in Woodstock Georgia. Also used was Berry College in Rome, Georgia. The football practice field of Clarkston High School and Victory Stadium in Roanoke, Virginia were also used.

The Perry High School Pride of the Crossroads Band from Perry, Georgia, played the T.C. Williams High School band.

Awards and Nominations

"Angel Awards"
**Nominated- Feature Film "BET Awards"
**Won- Best Actor- (Denzel Washington)

"Black Reel Awards"
**Won- Theatrical - Best Actor-(Denzel Washington)
**Won- Theatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)- (Gregory Allen Howard)

"Blockbuster Entertainment Awards"
**Nominated- Favorite Actor - Drama- (Denzel Washington)
**Nominated- Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama- (Wood Harris)

"Casting Society of America"
**Nominated- Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama- (Ronna Kress)

"Image Awards"
**Won- Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture- (Denzel Washington)
**Won- Outstanding Motion Picture
**Nominated- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture- (Wood Harris)
**Nominated- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture- (Nicole Ari Parker)
**Nominated- Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress (Krysten Leigh Jones)

"Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards"
**Nominated- Best Male Newcomer (Kip Pardue)

"Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards)
**Nominated- Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role (Hayden Panettiere)

"Political Film Society"
**Won- Human Rights
**Nominated- Exposé

"Satellite Awards"
**Nominated- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Denzel Washington)

"Teen Choice Awards"
**Nominated- Film - Choice Drama/Action Adventure

"Young Artist Awards"
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**Won- Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress (Hayden Panettiere)
**Nominated- Best Family Feature Film - Drama

TV airings

"Remember the Titans", after premiering on the Starz/Encore channels and ABC, premiered on Disney Channel on January 20, 2003 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was later aired on TBS, TNT and ABC Family. But on August 21, 2008, it was announced that once again, Disney Channel will air "Remember the Titans".


External links

*imdb title|id=0210945|title=Remember the Titans
* [ "Remember the Titans" Blu-ray Disc]
* [ Original Titans FAQ on the accuracy of the movie]
* [ Director's Cut DVD Review with a list of film revisions]
* [ Background on the people the movie was based upon]

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year = 2000
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