Picks and Pans Review: Glory Road

UPDATED 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/23/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight
BY LEAH ROZEN
DRAMA

Different ball, same story. It's a basketball that the players dribble in Glory Road, while it was a football that got tossed in Remember the Titans (2000). These are feel-good sports flicks with social consciences. Both tell the true story of a dedicated, ambitious coach who brought white and black athletes together during the early days of integration. That Glory feels like a replay of the earlier film is no coincidence; both were produced by hitmeister Jerry Bruckheimer. Anyone who liked Titans—count me in—will likely cheer for Glory.

This streamlined, broad-strokes drama tells how Texas Western coach Don Haskins (Lucas, convincingly determined) took his Miners team, which boasted the first black basketball players ever to suit up for the El Paso college, to the NCAA Championship in 1966. As with most sports movies, the climactic game takes forever (you will think you're watching ESPN Classic Sport) and unashamedly yanks at the heartstrings, but only the very jaded or non-sports-inclined could claim not to be won over. (PG)

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