Film / Glory Road

Glory Road is an American film directed by James Gartner, released on January 13, 2006.

The film is based on a true story dealing with the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which Don Haskins, head coach of the Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history. The film follows a semi-fictional version of this tale.

This film provides examples of:

  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Armstrong in the tumultous locker room scene following the first loss of the season.
    Armstong:You think it's easy being on this team? Taking a backseat to you every day? We came here to play basketball, just like you guys! Now it's like we don't even count. WE'RE THE MINORITY!
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story; To the point that Texas A&M University-Commerce (East Texas State when the film was set) demanded Disney to apologize for portraying them very negatively.
    • Disney argued that this was a case of Adaptation Distillation; they couldn't show each game where the team had racial slurs thrown at them.
  • White Man's Burden: A variation - Instead of a single impoverished minority, it's an entire starting lineup.