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\. Plot Overview. The Film Glory Road is a sports drama based on the true story in 1966 of Texas Western coach Don Haskins leading the first all-black starting lineup to the NCAA national championship. .

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plot overview
Plot Overview
  • The Film Glory Road is a sports drama based on the true story in 1966 of Texas Western coach Don Haskins leading the first all-black starting lineup to the NCAA national championship.
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Glory Road is an inspirational story that displays the breakdown of racial barriers by an interracial basketball team and how they overcome traditional prejudices even though they are up against a considerable amount of drawbacks.

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Texas Western uses teamwork and inner-strength to triumph over ignorant racism in the minds of many. Not only are they playing to win the the prize of a Division 1 championship but also racial equality.

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When coach Don Haskins becomes the Texas Western University guys basketball coach, his main focus is the prize of a Division I championship, not civil rights, and he recruits his African-American players for their athletic talent, not out of personal righteousness.

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Throughout the beginning of the movie there is a visual separation of black from white which symbolizes the real separation that occurred in the 1960’s.

  • The camera clearly displayed this visual separation by focusing on a single individual race at any given time.
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All through the movie there exists the importance of brotherhood and the fact that when people work together and treat each other equally they can accomplish much more.

  • For example when the Miners experience a dramatic hate crime in which people destroyed their hotel room the blacks become hostile to the whites and do not play as a team in the next game which in turn causes them to lose.
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This movie is an important event not only in American sports history but on racial issues prevalent in sports.

  • During the 1960’s there were limited opportunities given to black athletes and African Americans in general.
  • The Miners were playing for something more than basketball, they were also making a huge impact on society as we know it.
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Though the Civil Rights Act was passed by congress in 1965 racism was still prevalent in sports as well as every day issues, particularly in the south.

  • In the movie David Latten can be considered a rich black man compared to many others. Yet he still gets treated just like any other black in the south despite his wealth.
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Though all the black players this is merely an act of sticking with your own kind.

  • Each player is unique in their own way and represents a different region of America with different views in life and beliefs.
  • Yet whites, particularly southern whites chose to block out the fact that individuals unlike themselves were people too and displayed their hate and racism in several ways.
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Many hate crimes similar to these were acted out throughout the U.S. in the 1960’s and without abolitionists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X there might still be an abundance occurring to this day.

  • This movie displayed the process of the shaping of America not only in sports but also within American citizens in general.
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Pathos
  • The rhetorical style that is dominant throughout the movie is pathos.
  • The director uses close up scenes and stories that manipulate the viewer emotions and lead you to feel sympathetic towards certain characters at different times during the movie.
  • When the director zooms in to a characters face during intense scenes it is to make the viewer perceive and share the same feelings as the character.