In 1966, Texas Western head coach Don Haskins (Stealth's Josh Lucas) revolutionized college basketball by putting five black starters on the floor against all-white, top-ranked Kentucky in the final game of the NCAA tournament. James Gartner's inspirational (and sometimes maddening) movie about the Miners' magical but racism-laced season is unequivocal about Haskins' role in hastening desegregation in college sports, and the fit young actors who portray the players (including Derek Luke, Schin A.S. Kerr, and Al Shearer) not only have dramatic skills, they look pretty credible on the basketball court too. But Hollywood falsifications dilute the effect: For one thing, 1965-'66 was not Haskins' first year at Western, it was his fifth, and he was never quite the saint screenwriter Christopher Cleveland makes him out to be. Jon Voight co-stars as legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp.
Director: James Gartner
Writer: Christopher Cleveland
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Cast: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Evan Jones, Mehcad Brooks, Emily Deschanel, Sam Jones, III, Schin A.S. Kerr, Alphonso McAuley and Damaine Radcliff