Big question: The uplifting, true-to-life sports movie has been done more times than Stuart Scott has yelled "Boo-ya!" Can the story of the first NCAA basketball team with an all-black starting lineup--that also won the 1966 national championship--make us forget the Titans?
Catch it: This conventional but efficient drama's lack of sentimentality prevents it from fouling out. In depicting Texas Western coach Don Haskins' pursuit of victory (as played by Josh Lucas) as color-blind and the basketball court as the setting for a shift towards racial integration, "Glory Road" slams its history lesson home with authority.
Skip it if: Seeing late '60s ball-players in short shorts makes you self-conscious about your thighs.
Bottom line: At times, "Glory Road" veers off the path of rousing crowd-pleaser into traditional heart-tugger. But this is a darn good story, told with enough conviction and impact to connect with people who don't know the difference between a three-pointer and a field goal.
Bonus: With an elongated nose and fake, floppy ears, Jon Voight (as University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp) looks like the overweight cousin of Dana Carvey's elfin Ross Perot on "Saturday Night Live."
Directed by James Gartner; written by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois; photographed by John Toon, Jeffrey L. Kimball; edited by John Wright; production designed by Geoffrey Kirkland; music by Trevor Rabin; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. A Buena Vista Pictures release of a Walt Disney Pictures presentation in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films; opens Friday. Running time: 1:47. MPAA rating: PG (for racial issues, including violence and epithets, and mild language).
Don Haskins - Josh Lucas
Bobby Joe Hill - Derek Luke
Jerry Armstrong - Austin Nichols
Adolph Rupp - Jon Voight
David Lattin - Schin A.S. Kerr
Harry Flournoy - Mehcad Brooks
Moe Iba - Evan Jones
Ross Moore - Red West
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