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Glory Road (2006)



Critic Consensus: As formulaic as sports movies get, this underdog story still triumphs on the strength of its inspiring story.

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The inspiring true story of the underdog Texas Western basketball team, with history's first all African American starting lineup of players, who took the country by storm, surprisingly winning the 1966 NCAA tournament title. Josh Lucas stars as Hall of Famer Don Haskins, the passionately dedicated college basketball coach that changed the history of basketball with his team's victory in this time of innocence.

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Josh Lucas
as Coach Don Haskins
Derek Luke
as Bobby Joe Hill
Emily Deschanel
as Mary Haskins
Austin Nichols
as Jerry Armstrong
Jon Voight
as Adolph Rupp
Evan Jones
as Moe Iba
Mehcad Brooks
as Harry Flournoy Jr.
Alphonso McAuley
as Orsten Artis
Damaine Radcliff
as Willie `Scoops' Caber
Al Shearer
as Nevil Shed
Kim Wall
as Kentucky Wife #1
Mitch Eakins
as Dick Meyers
Kip Weeks
as Togo Railey
Red West
as Ross Moore
Sam Jones III
as Willie Worsley
James Olivard
as Louie Baudoin
Schin S. Kerr
as David Lattin
Schin A.S. Kerr
as David Lattin
Alejandro Hernández
as David Palacio
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Critic Reviews for Glory Road

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (35)

First-time director James Gartner observes all the rituals--the coach busting chops, the team sneaking out to party--but the players are indifferently characterized and the civil rights story has a fake Black History Month feel.

March 25, 2008 | Full Review…

An underdog sports movie by the numbers.

November 27, 2006 | Rating: C
Top Critic

Glory Road is a rousing and worthy tribute to one of the most important college basketball teams and one of the most important championship games of all time.

January 26, 2006

The team's accomplishments are here diluted into fodder for another of the producer's feel-good man-weepies.

January 17, 2006

An appealing Disney sports movie that underplays its potential, Glory Road is at least a more satisfying basketball saga than last year's Coach Carter.

January 13, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Lacking the gritty reality of the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, this Jerry Bruckheimer film, directed by newcomer James Gartner, converts a year in the life of a basketball team into a very conventional triumph of the underdogs.

January 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Glory Road

Glory Road is a pretty good sports drama, yet it uses all the usual clichés to tell its story. That's the thing I noticed with every sports films, no matter what story kit is, no matter how they spin it, it always ends up feeling like the same old film. I'm not saying that this is a bad film; however I do think that every sports drama navigates the usual territory that every other film in the genre tends to go through. The story is good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The film works well enough to be an entertaining drama, but it is also flawed. I liked the film, but to be honest, I never really was a big Basketball all fan, so I simply view this one as a watchable, but quite forgettable sports drama. For what it is, it's an entertaining film, but it's no different than other film in this genre. The cast are good in their roles, and Josh Lucas delivers a performance that saves this film from being a total disappointment. Though a good film, this isn't a film I would rewatch again. I simply felt that it relied too much on the traditional clichés established in previous sports dramas that came before it. Though a worthy film to watch, Glory Road doesn't stand out. I enjoyed it for what it was, but felt it was missing something to really make it stand out. For me anyways, one of the best sports dramas that tried something totally new was Moneyball. Glory Road isn't a revolutionary film, but it's entertaining to say the least.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Cliche, yes but a good cliche type of movie. Descent to good acting and a great story make for a good sports film here.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Beyond the excellence of sports movies and Josh Lucas never ceases to amazes me in movies and the lives of the other basketball stories are inspiring as well :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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