Glory Road

comment
Glory Road
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures
Rated: PG
Website: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/gloryroad/
Release Date: 2006-01-13
Cast: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Evan Jones, Emily Deschanel
Director: James Gartner
Screenwriter: Bettina Gilois, Gregory Allen Howard, Marc Hyman, Christopher Cleveland
Music Score: Trevor Rabin
WorkNameSort: Glory Road
Our Rating: 3.50

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)

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.