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  • Awesome Music
    • Titans Spirit from Trevor Rabin's score.
    • The film also boasts a rocking soundtrack with classic hits like 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and 'Spirit in the Sky'.
  • Follow the Leader: The success of this film is probably right next to Hoosiers in terms of "influential sports movie." Glory Road, We Are Marshall, Coach Carter and The Blind Side are right in the same category.
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  • Growing the Beard: Disney's first attempt at a more serious sports film. They carved a niche in the '90s of Ragtag Bunch of Misfits sports-themed comedies such as The Mighty Ducks, Angels in the Outfield, and The Big Green, but here is a more straight-told dramatic film aimed at an older audience. The film was such a success that Disney's sports films followed in this pattern with Miracle, Invincible, Glory Road, The Greatest Game Ever Played and McFarland, USA.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: More than a few people (particularly guys) who've seen the movie have noticed how very dissimilar the grownup version of Sheryl Yoast in the movie and the grownup version of Hayden Panettiere (who played Sheryl) turned out to look. (See also Hilary Swank, whose younger version in The Affair of the Necklace was played by Miss Panettiere.)
    • And speaking of the lovely Miss P, in the pilot for Nashville she makes out with her producer Randy, played by Burgess Jenkins… who plays a racist football player in this movie. See also Squick.
    • Louis, the first white student to get along with the black students, played a White Nationalist only a couple years before.
    • A Disney-produced film with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" in its soundtrack.
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  • Ho Yay: Lampshaded after Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass smooches Gerry Bertier just to mess with him, which Big Ju says "There's too much male bonding in here".
  • Large Ham: Mr. Bosley, a.k.a. Alan's Dad. "YOAAAAAAAAAST!!!!", then later on "Five times. FIVE TIMES!"
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Coach Boone's speech to the team at the Gettysburg battlefield.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The entirety of the scene after Gerry's accident. Particularly painful moments are Big Julius completely breaking down at the news of Gerry's paralysis, and Mrs. Bertier accepting the news with complete stoicism:
    Mrs. Bertier: Those tears aren't going to make my boy walk again.
    • Other painful moments include Julius's Manly Tears as he chokes out: "You can't be hurt like this. You...you're Superman." Then to make it even worse, he has a small monologue about his and Gerry's future, and the latter starts sobbing as he listens. Then you remember that Gerry died ten years after the events of the movie, meaning that the future Julius outlined never happened.
      Julius: When all this is over...you and I, we're gonna move out to the same neighborhood together. And we're gonna get old, and we're gonna get fat...and there ain't gonna be all this black-white between us.
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    • When Sheryl is spending the night with the Boones, there are funny moments that showcase the contrast between her and Nikki… and then someone throws a brick through the window while making racial slurs. This is terrifying, but the Tear Jerker status is more a case of Fridge Horror: Boone's two daughters (including one who looks about five) immediately know how to react in this situation, running to their mother and, instead of panicking, staying calm and quiet, suggesting that they've been through this several times before. Boone's later words to Yoast confirm this.
    Boone: I'm sorry about what happened to your daughter. I really am. But maybe you got a small taste of what my girls go through. Welcome to my life, Yoast.
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