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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