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The 'race issue' becomes personal: Julius and Gerry, Blue and Alan, Ray and Rev Mrs Bertier and Emma vs Gerry – over his relationship with Coach Yoast must choose between his white supporters and Boone and the. Yoast is used to playing the sidekick: the aide-de-camp to Boone's general. Boone, a decorated head coach in his home state of North Carolina, had . at least ask the questions and talk about the issues, that's an important step. being presented to the world only as a team--Disney public relations folks. Positive relationships shown in Remember the Titans Describe Coach Boone's and Coach Yoast's relationship Both have disagreements on tactics and have difficulties collaborating together but in the end are able to learn from each other .
The other great relationship in the movie is between Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier. As Julius is the best black player and Gerry is the best white player, their relationship symbolizes the transformation that the team and city goes through during the movie as they mature to accept other races.
At the beginning, Julius and Gerry are at odds with each other. They are roomed together and get into a fist fight when Gerry objects to a poster Julius puts up. However, Julius responds that he does not care as it is not a team. He also cites that none of the white players block for Rev as their quarterback. As such, he does not care about the team and only cares about getting his tackles.
As Gerry is the team captain, he is responsible for leading his team. As Gerry finally accepts the black players, the rest of the team follows his leadership, including Julius. In addition, he develops a friendship with Julius. While the team leaves training camp united, it is difficult to maintain the unity back at school where race is still a very big issue. Julius and Gerry also find it difficult to stay friends. While Gerry initially succumbs to the peer pressure, he eventually ignores them as Julius becomes his best friend.
Ray is never able to accept integration. When Rev gets hurt, Gerry knows it is because Ray purposely failed to block the defender from getting to Rev. As such, Gerry is forced to make the tough decision to tell Ray that he is off the team. In my opinion, it is one of the most important scenes in the movie as it shows Gerry has completely bought in to accepting people based on their character instead of their skin color. On the other hand, Gerry is eventually able to convince his girlfriend and mother into accepting Julius and ending their prejudices.
Of course, one of the biggest moments in the movie is when Gerry is paralyzed by a car accident. It is one of the events that actually occurred. In real life, the accident occurs after the Titans already won the championship game.
In the movie, it occurs before the championship game to add to the drama. When Gerry is in the hospital, he asks for only one person, Julius.
The relationship between the two is very well done and a perfect reflection of the theme of the movie. I only saw what I was afraid of. And now I know I was only hating my brother. When Yoast visits Gerry in the hospital, Gerry wants to talk about strategy for the championship game. I think this is a good time for reflection and for prayer. It is a statement that I have heard repeated by sports commentators to explain how big of a loss a key player is to a team.
In the Championship Game, the Titans are down at half time. With all due respect, uh, you demanded more of us. None of us are.
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But we have won every single game we have played till now. So this team is perfect. We stepped out on that field that way tonight. The movie ends with the funeral of Gerry Bertier.
Similar to real life, he dies years later in a second car accident when he is hit by a drunk driver. Well, here we make it work every day. We have our disagreements, of course. But before we reach for hate, always, always we remember the Titans. He is an avid sports fan. Before joining Rookerville, he was part of a defunct New York Yankees message board, NYYankeefans, where he was its top poster and was inducted in its Hall of Fame for his contributions.
Patrick is also a passionate fan of movies. Then, the players start a petition to get him named head coach, and he reconsiders. I tore up the petition, told them they didn't want to give up football their senior year. So they did have something to do with me finally agreeing to go with Herman I've never been sorry. It's implied though stated only through bigoted coach Tyrell that there's as much racial conflict among the coaching staff as among the players.
Ronnie Bass as played by actor Kip Pardue wasn't the only Titan with long hair in As screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard knew, the conflict among the coaches wasn't primarily about race; it was about ego and ambition. As Howard himself wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Alexandria had a seniority system; senior coach automatically got the head job. Before the first game against Haywood, Boone throws up. Boone would get so nervous that he threw up before every game, he says in his DVD commentary.
Early in the season, Sheryl's watching game film with coach Boone at his house. Someone throws a brick through his window, calling him "Coach coon. I guess Disney, being the family movie production company that it is, felt that to depict a toilet stool coming through your window was a bit much I've never gotten over that incident that particular night, because I could never understand how anybody could feel so bad about another human being as to throw a toilet commode through a window.
After the brick incident, Boone picks up his rifle and goes outside to confront his attackers. Boone didn't own a gun. The players In Reel Life: Many of the players have military haircuts, and most have fairly short hair. Williams had long hair, even the football players," Mark Jenkins, who attended T. Williams intold National Public Radio. At the start of camp, the team is clearly divided by race, and there's diminishing racial conflict throughout most of the season.
Both coaches and many players say that there was conflict, especially during training camp, but that it was because of competition for positions, not because of race. With three teams merging into one, many who had started at their old schools would be benched. In real life, the Titans celebrated a much easier victory in the state championship game.
Everyone wanted to play. I think the kids were portrayed in a less positive light than was the circumstances. We were just trying to play football. Who wants to say, 'I hated black people? Some teammates brawl, especially during training camp. Opinions differ on how much fighting there was -- some say a little, some say a lot.
Boone, in his DVD commentary, says, "On the real team, there'd be fights, but sometimes it'd be black vs. Because of competition for positions. In training camp, and again during the season, Ray Burgess Jenkins intentionally misses blocks, because he wants his black teammates to be taken down. Gerry pronounced "Gary" Bertier Ryan Hurst chews him out for this, and later has Ray kicked off the team. Ray is a fictional character, and the scenario is fictional. Louie Lastik Ethan Suplee is the first to break the "color barrier.
Lastik was born and raised in Alexandria, and, according to Boone, Lastik was a bridge. He had played with them, and he related with them.
Louie is enormous and has a great sense of humor. Lastik "wasn't as big as this kid in the movie," Boone says. Bertier is a team leader, and an All-American. Bertier was a team leader, and an All-American. If anything, he's slighted as a football player in the movie, said Schneebeck.
He was fast and powerful, like no high school player I've ever seen. I'll say for the record my hair was never that long. During the Hayfield game, Alan Ryan Gosling can't stick with his man.
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Coach Yoast sends Pete in to replace him at linebacker. Alan's father, Fred Tim Warewho's in the stands, yells out, "Don't you take out my son. That replacement was made between games, not during a game. All of the referees for the games played by the Titans were white. Coach Yoast has been quoted as saying that if he had been Coach Boone, he would have been very suspicious of the reasons behind any incorrect call.
As shown in the film, Coach Boone vomited before the first game.
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In fact, he vomited before every game. Yoast's daughter never went to the Boones' home. Their daughters had met and were friendly but not as friendly as shown in the film. Yoast's daughter was extremely angry that her father was passed over for head coach. She was very interested in football, although not as interested as the character portrayed in the film. It wasn't a rock that was thrown through Coach Boone's window; it was a toilet filled with human excrement.FLASHBACK: Ryan Gosling on Getting Yelled at by Denzel Washington in 'Remember The Titans'
Coach Boone was enraged by this incident, but he didn't go out on his porch with a gun. He didn't own one. When Coach Boone came to Alexandria, he moved into a previously all-white neighborhood. His neighbors offered to buy him out, telling him, "We don't want you here. After a victory in one big game, Coach Boone chartered a plane for the team's trip home.
Williams in was big business. The character of the other white coach is fictional, an amalgam representing all of the white racists who initially pinned their hopes on Yoast.
Yoast lost his relationships with many of them when he acted honorably toward the team and Coach Boone. An organization by that name does exist today. Coach Boone did tutor students to help them get into college. Coach Yoast didn't use profanity the film character doesbut it was another story with Coach Boone. Coach Boone and Coach Yoast have hit the lecture circuit. Fortunately for the team, not only did it have two extraordinary men as coaches, it had several extraordinary boys as players.
Gary Bertier and Julius Campbell were two of them. Bertier was in his senior year and appeared destined to play professional football. Bertier was a conservative who initially didn't appreciate either integration or the black players.
Julius Campbell was a year younger than Bertier and was interested in black power. He, too, was a gifted athlete, becoming an All-American the next year. Since Bertier was older and already revered in the city and perhaps because he was on the white side of the racial divide, we don't know it was Bertier who made the initial overtures to Campbell.
Forced by Boone to room together at training camp, these boys, initially hostile, became best friends. Their friendship was one of the key factors in bringing the team together and lasted throughout their lives. The story of the players, like the story of the coaches, rings true and closely follows the facts. Other specifics about Bertier and Campbell: Bertier was even more fierce, strong willed, and aggressive than is shown in the film. He was 6'2", weighed pounds, and was extremely fast.
At first he tried to intimidate Coach Boone and demanded that a certain number of positions on the team be set aside for Hammond players read that white players from affluent families. Bertier was not injured before the last game of the season.
The accident occurred after the last game while he was driving home from the awards presentation. He lost control of his car on a snowy road.
In the hospital, Bertier asked to see Campbell before he asked for his family. As shown in the film, Bertier's mother told Campbell before he went into the hospital room, "Tears won't make my baby walk.
Campbell and Bertier's mother remained friends after Bertier died. Bertier is reported to have been upbeat after he was paralyzed and tried to cheer everyone up.
The only person to whom he expressed sadness, to our knowledge, was Coach Yoast, who told Bertier about the wheelchair Olympics. Bertier had excelled in the shot put while in high school. Coached by Yoast, he went on to become a prominent wheelchair athlete, winning two gold medals in the wheelchair Olympics.
Bertier was killed by a drunk driver in a second car accident in The character of Bertier's white segregationist friend who intentionally allowed Rev, the black quarterback, to be tackled is fictional.
This character in the film, as well as the character of Bertier's girlfriend, are meant to represent whites with racial prejudice with whom Bertier parted company as his relationship with the black members of the team grew. As to kicking the white segregationist player who purposefully missed the block off the team, Coach Boone would listen to his team captains on personnel matters.
But in reality, there were several captains and Bertier, as captain of the defense, would not have authority over a member of the offense.
The movie ignores the two other major divisive factors facing the team: However, from everything that we have read or heard, none of these divisive factors were as serious as race. Certainly, no divisive factor other than race could find any support in the general community. In addition to Bertier and Campbell, the team was blessed with other players who helped bridge the racial divide.
The film focuses on Louie Lastik and Ronnie Bass, but there were probably others. Lastik had lived in an integrated section of the city and got on well with black kids. Ronnie Bass, nicknamed "Sunshine" by his teammates, had come from California. He, too, had no trouble relating to black students. In his free time Bass was often at the Berg then a black area of town playing basketball. Sunshine won the starting quarterback position from Jerry "Rev" Harris by impressing Coach Boone, not because Harris got injured.
Coach Boone applied his racially neutral attitude across the board and if a white boy was a better player than a black student, he got the position. Coach Boone's "veer" offense was basically a running attack. It was Bass' passing ability that made that offense especially effective because it drew defenders off the running game.
What is discussed, but not shown, is how much the team and its winning season meant to the city of Alexandria in a racially tense year. In there were race riots in several U. A shooting had raised tensions to the boiling point in Alexandria. However, racial hatred is difficult in a town busy celebrating the winning ways of its integrated football team with its integrated coaching staff. People in Alexandria gave a large measure of credit for the town's progress in race relations to the Titans.
Other specific incidents involving the team are: InAlexandria was not wracked by protests over integration. The scenes of the demonstrations are fictional, the filmmakers' way of showing racial tension. Alexandria is adjacent to Washington, D. Still, it was primarily Southern and high school football was the dominant sport. TheTitans sang more than most teams, and many of the songs they sang had been popularized by The Temptations. They also sang and chanted as part of their pregame warm up although they didn't do a choreographed dance as shown in the film.
The fights at the beginning of camp are underplayed in the movie. They were not only racial, but between students of the same race who were from different schools. When the team came back from camp, there was an obvious difference in their racial attitudes. As shown in the film, some of the parents thought their kids had been brainwashed.
In fact, their children had grown and matured in a short time under the tutelage of a master teacher, Coach Boone. Team members backed each other up. Shortly after training camp Bertier was jumped by a group of black students in the school parking lot. Campbell saw the fight and came to Bertier's rescue. It was at this point that Julius made the comment, "Well, Bertier, I don't guess you're Superman after all. The "Yo Mama" scene, at least according to one member of a racially-united Titans team in the s, was exactly his experience.
Some of the Titans players have commented that race was not uppermost in their minds, but that they were concentrated on football. That's just the way the boys should have felt, but given the racial tension in the town, it was due to the hard work of the coaches that race was made irrelevant. The Titans 20 to 30 Years Later This film was released in The irony is that the T. Williams Titans of the s were much different from the Titans of Williams' record for the - period was 30 wins, 70 losses.
The last winning season was and the last trip to the state playoffs was in While the Titans had 38 white players and 31 blacks, the Titans had 36 black players and only 6 white. At that time, if white families in Alexandria could afford it, they usually sent their kids to private schools. In the football team was starved for resources while the T. Williams crew team, which is predominantly white, had lavish facilities funded by private contributions.
The story of what happened to the Titans in the s shows that if a community doesn't have a plan in place and isn't willing to work hard to keep integration functioning, the community will become resegregated.
How did this happen? The racial composition of the city changed as middle class white families left and community support for football declined. In addition, in the mids, long after Coach Boone had retired, drug use was rampant on the team. One player claims that seven members of the team were dealing drugs. Another potential cause is a rule implemented in Alexandria requiring that students in the sports program keep a minimum C average.
In addition, the facilities had deteriorated due to lack of funding. While racially-united teams persisted at T. Williams into the mids, by the late s, white players reported that the team "belonged" to the black players. White kids at T. Williams report that the school is internally split, and the races don't mix socially or academically despite the fact that they go to the same school. This section drawn from "Does Anyone Remember the Titans? Continued from the Learning Guide