GLORY ROAD (2006 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Stars ììì

Glory Road—the question of ‘why is this important’ wreaks havoc in this film from start to finish. The movie has a good story line and fair acting; but, it’s not easy to follow the characters due to poor character development and lack of character depth. Add to the mix, multiple character names and you’ve got a difficult to follow script.

Storyline

Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) coached for an all female basketball team before transferring to an all-male basketball team at Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas. The Texas Western Miners team needs serious bolstering and Don Haskins builds a team comprised of five white players and seven black players. His disciplined training leads them to win the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Championship Game.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director James Gartner. Thank you to Executive Producers Andy Given, Chad Oman, and Mike Stenson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include:  Bobby Joe Hill (Derek Luke), Jerry Armstrong (Austin Nichols), Adolph Rupp (Jon Voight), Moe Iba (Evan Jones), David Lattin (Schin Kerr), and Mary Haskins (Mary Deschanel).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. An audience may ask, “Why is this particular story more important than all the other stories out there and what is the reason behind spending millions of dollars on this movie versus other movies?” The film doesn’t score high on informative value, entertainment value, or moral lesson value. It’s just a ‘fair’ sports movie. For your money, Draft Day is a better pick.

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