Remember the Titans
The history of integration in public schools goes way back. The first ever was Lowell High School in Massachusetts. The integration of American Schools has influenced civil rights action in the past. Currently, integration is not as bad as it used to be but Atlanta, GA reminds us where we came from using numerous monuments, artifacts and museums to display it. They also use movies and the biographical sports drama REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000) proves it. Film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boz Yakin. The film is based on a true story of an African American head coach attempting to integrate a high school football team in Virginia in 1971. His assistant coach was white. The film was filmed in Rome and Atlanta, GA. Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and Buena Vista Pictures released the film on September 29, 2000 and it was a hit.
Denzel Washington and Will Patton
DENZEL WASHINGTON played the role as African American head coach Herman Boone and WILL PATTON have played the role as his assistant Bill Yoast. Washington displayed a more inspirational side of head coach Herman Boone. He was strict with his team. In real life, Boone even made some players quit the team because he was too harsh and aggressive. Despite the players quitting, Boone led them to a high ranking in the nation. Number 2 to be exact. The 1971 season at the high school was memorable. Boone’s aggressive approach not only discomforted players at first. It was also his staff but Yoast stood with him instead of leaving. Boone made sure in the film that the team understood they were integrated and were the only school in the conference that was but research has proved that to be false. All the schools the titans faced were integrated before he got there. Along with this, there was much in the movie that was false but the message wasn’t. Washington and Patton did a nice job making in this film.
Wood Harris and Ryan Hurst
WOOD HARRIS played DE Julius Campbell. RYAN HURST played LB Gerry Bertier. Campbell and Bertier had a hard time at first on the film. Their hardship did not last long. They developed a friendship on the field and off it. When they played it showed on the field that they were comfortable playing with one another. The success they helped their team get to was phenomenal. On December 11, 1971 the team conquered what Coach Boone desired. They had a perfect year. The town honored it. After the team was honored Bertier was celebrating. He was driving and crashed. Shortly after, he passed away. During his pain from losing a great friend Campbell comforted the family of Bertier and is friends at the funeral. They developed not only a friendship with each other but with the families as well.
At a High School located in Atlanta, Georgia they decided to start filming this film. The high school was established by Atlanta Public Schools in 1872. The original name of the high school was Boys High school but in 1947 the school was renamed HENRY W. GRADY HIGH SCHOOL. Henry Grady was a famous journalist and orator in the Reconstruction Era but since he was a white supremacist, they argued the name be changed. Currently, the school is in midtown Atlanta. In a town not too far from there is the second location. The DRUID HILLS HIGH SCHOOL located DeKalb County, Georgia. The school is operated by the Dekalb County School System.
The southern, urban sites in Atlanta are huge. You can see that the city wants to be a huge stage in the entertainment industry. They have already established many of the biggest music artists in the past and the present but it seems they want more. The late reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has a statue there along with others. It is a very historic place. That played a role in them choosing to film this historical movie there. Atlanta is making a stage for itself to be as big as LA and New York in the entertainment industry. Instead of rising actors and actresses going across country they will come right there.
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