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Film / Glory Road

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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 University Division Basketball Championship,note  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.


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  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jerry Armstrong in the tumultuous locker room scene following the first loss of the season.
    Armstrong: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.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Yes and no. In real life, Texas Western was ranked #2 in the country going into the NCAA tournament, but Texas Western were still perceived as an underdog due to racism and questions about the level of competition they had faced during the season.note  It's generally accepted that racist officials calling their games were often biased against the team because of their all-black starting lineup. Beating all-white Kentucky (ranked #1) is considered a landmark victory for a reason.


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