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Remember the Titans

Theatrical poster
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Produced by Oscar Syani
Chad Oman
Written by Gregory Allen Howard
Starring Denzel Washington
Sean Mc Groarty
Will Patton
Wood Harris
Ryan Hurst
Hayden Panettiere
Donald Faison
Ethan Suplee
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Editing by Michael Tronick
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures
Release date(s) September 29, 2000
Running time 113 minutes
Language English
Budget $30,000,000
Gross revenue $136,706,683

Remember the Titans is an American sports film, directed by Boaz Yakin and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Walt Disney Pictures, released in 2000. The film stars Denzel Washington as coach Herman Boone, Wood Harris as Julius Campbell and Ryan Hurst as Gerry Bertier. Remember the Titans centers on the American football team of the newly integrated T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Although based on a true story, events in the film are largely exaggerated, especially those pertaining to initial racial tensions within the team, as well as the level of opposition the Titans faced.



In 1971, at the old desegregated T. C. Williams High School, Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), also derogatorily known as Coach "Boone," is hired as head coach for the school's football team. He takes the place promised to former head coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton). Yoast at first refuses Boone's offer as the assistant head coach, but then changes his mind after his white players pledge to boycott if he doesn't coach.

The black and white members of the football team clash in racially-motivated conflicts on a few occasions while at football camp but, after forceful coaxing and team building efforts by Coach Boone, the team achieves as well as success. Boone makes the camp quite rigorous; when the bus is leaving for the camp all members are instructed to wear a shirt and tie; anyone not doing so will watch the season and not compete. At the camp, anybody who displays any misconduct at practice is instructed to run a mile. One time during camp, Coach Boone wakes up the players at 3:00 am to run through the woods to end up at the Civil War battleground of Gettysburg where he delivers a stirring speech on why that war was fought ("the same fight we are still fighting amongst ourselves").

After returning from camp, Boone is told by a member of the school board that if he loses even one game, he gets fired, putting more pressure on himself. The Titans go through the season undefeated while battling racial prejudice, before slowly gaining support from the community.

The main conflict becomes personal in the conflict between Gerry Bertier (Ryan Hurst) and Julius Campbell (Wood Harris), two outstanding players of different races. At first they can't stand one another but eventually become sworn brothers.

Just before the state semi-finals, Yoast is presented as a candidate for the state high school Hall of Fame, and the board tells Yoast that he will be inducted after the Titans lose their game. During the game, it becomes apparent that the board ordered the officials to fix the game against the Titans, and after seeing his daughter upset at the horrible calls, Yoast warns the head official that he will go public unless the game is called fairly. The Titans end up winning, but Yoast is told afterwards that his actions have cost him the Hall of Fame.

All-American player Gerry is paralyzed from the waist down in an automobile accident while celebrating after the game. Although Gerry is no longer able to play, the team goes on to win the championship. The football team wins the AAA State championship game in Roanoke and is first runner-up in the national championship. Gerry later goes on to win a gold medal in the shot put event at the Paralympic Games. Ten years later, the team reunites at the end of the film to attend Gerry's funeral, after his death in another automobile accident.


Denzel Washington... Coach Herman Boone

Will Patton... Coach Bill Yoast

Wood Harris... Julius Campbell, the ringleader of the African American team members

Ryan Hurst... Gerry Bertier, the ringleader of the white team members

Donald Faison... Petey Jones, an African American running back who after fumbling too many times is moved to cornerback.

Craig Kirkwood... Jerry 'Rev' Harris, the most religious player who makes fast friends with Louie

Ethan Suplee... Louie Lastik, an overweight white player who is oblivious to the racial tensions and rather concerned with his grades

Kip Pardue... Ronnie 'Sunshine' Bass, a skilled quarterback who joins the team halfway through camp from California, whose sexuality is questioned but never definitively settled during the film

Hayden Panettiere... Sheryl Yoast, Bill's feisty daughter who understands football exceptionally well and who narrates the opening and close of the film

Nicole Ari Parker... Carol Boone, Herman's wife

Kate Bosworth... Emma Hoyt, Gerry's girlfriend who initially doesn't want anything to do with the African American students but, after the car accident, makes amends with Julius

Earl Poitier... Darryl "Blue" Stanton (as Earl C. Poitier)

Ryan Gosling... Alan Bosley, a comic relief player who is presented as being fairly open-minded

Burgess Jenkins... Ray Budds

Neal Ghant... Frankie Glascoe

David Jefferson... Cook (as David Jefferson Jr.)

Preston Brant... Jerry Buck

John Michael Weatherly... Kirk Barker (as Michael Weatherly)

Gregory Alan Williams... Coach Paul 'Doc' Hines (as Greg Alan Williams)

Brett Rice... Coach Herb Tyrell

Richard Fullerton... A.D. Watson

J. Don Ferguson... Executive Director

Krysten Leigh Jones... Nicky Boone

Afemo Omilami... Charles Campbell

Andrew Masset... Colonel William G. Bass

Tim Ware... Fred Bosley

Tom Turbiville... Captain Hal

Tom Nowicki... Coach Ed Henry

Jim Grimshaw... Coach Taber

David Dwyer... Coach Tolbert

Bo Keister... Kip Tyler (as Walter Benjamin Keister)

Lou Walker... Ferdinand Day

Marion Guyot... Mrs. Jean Bertier

Rhubarb Jones... Radio Announcer

Bob Neal... Colorman

Dan Albright... Doctor

Mike Pniewski... Cop

Sharon Blackwood... Nurse Allice

Paula Claire Jones... White Girl #1

Kelly Cheston... White Girl #2 (as Kelly C. Cheston)

Walker Jones... White Kid #1

Ronald L. Connor... Black Kid #1

Courtney James Stewart... Black Kid #2

E.Y. Coley... Official

John Wesley... Official (as John Wesley Register)

B. Keith Harmon... Crooked Official

Andy Francis... Quarterback

Stuart Greer... Marshall Assistant Coach

Derick Marshall... Leroy "Monk" Davis

Scott Miles... Fred Alderson

Kevin Dankosky... Reporter #1

David Chandley... Reporter #2

Scott Slade... Reporter #3

Ric Reitz... Reporter #4

Steve Barnes... Titan Supporter

Rory Griffin... Titan

Ryan Kowalske... Titan

Thomas Elliott... Titan

C. Stephen Browder... Titan #4

Jameel Jackson... Titan

Randy D. Patman Jr.... Titan

Jemal L. Webb... Titan

Shawn Cummings... Titan

Michael Rouby... Titan

Nicholas Ierullo... Titan

Ray Stoney... Titan boom

Shanda Besler... Emma's Friend

David de Vries... Parent (as David Devries)

Andrew Collins... Black Newspaper Man

Steve Martin... Heckler

Matt Adams... Heckler

Marcus M. Moore... Special Teams Coach

Ryan Duncan... Opposition Quarterback


Trevor Rabin composed the instrumental score, of which "Titans Spirit" was the only cue (of 12 composed) added to the soundtrack. "Titans Spirit" was a rousing seven-minute exploration of the movie's energetic themes. It is used presently on many sports telecasts, particularly those on NBC, which has the score during its closing credits Olympic Games (Salt Lake 2002, Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, and Vancouver 2010) as well as with the final closing credits montage for their 12-year run with the NBA in 2002. The song was also played as veteran New York Mets players crossed home plate during the closing ceremonies at Shea Stadium.

It was also used during the 2008 Democratic National Convention to accompany the celebration and fireworks at Invesco Field after future president Barack Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech, and also at Chicago's Grant Park immediately following Obama's victory speech upon winning the 2008 presidential election.[1]


Remember the Titans received generally mixed reviews from the critics. Movie review aggregator Metacritic scored the movie at 48/100[2] while Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an average score of 6.2 from 126 reviews.[3] The film opened at the #1 spot in the North American box office making $20.9 million USD in its opening weekend. The movie grossed $115,654,751 in the U.S. box office alone, earning $136,706,683 worldwide.[4]

Awards and nominations

Angel Awards

  • 2001
    • Nominated- Feature Film

BET Awards

Black Reel Awards

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

Casting Society of America

  • 2001
    • Nominated- Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama- (Ronna Kress)

Image Awards

  • 2001
    • Won- Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture- (Denzel Washington)
    • Won- Outstanding Motion Picture
    • Nominated- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture- (Wood Harris)
    • Nominated- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture- (Nicole Ari Parker)
    • Nominated- Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress (Krysten Leigh Jones)

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2001
    • Nominated- Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role (Hayden Panettiere)

Political Film Society

  • 2001
    • Won- Human Rights
    • Nominated- Exposé

Satellite Awards

  • 2001
    • Nominated- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Denzel Washington)

Teen Choice Awards

  • 2001
    • Nominated- Film - Choice Drama/Action Adventure

Young Artist Awards

  • 2001
    • Won- Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress (Hayden Panettiere)
    • Nominated- Best Family Feature Film - Drama


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From Wikiquote

Remember the Titans is a 2000 film about the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team in their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Directed by Boaz Yakin and written by Gregory Allen Howard.
History is written by the winners.Taglines


Coach Boone

  • You're over-cooking my grits, coach. Alright, I will allow Coach Tyrell to coach the special teams, but I will be keeping my eye on him. And you.Ń
  • This is not a democracy. It is a dictatorship. I am the law!
  • We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts...and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let's get to work.
  • You look like a bunch of fifth grade sissies after a cat fight! You got anger, that's good. You're gonna need it, you got aggression that's even better. You're gonna need that, too. But any little two year old child can throw a fit! Football is about controlling that anger, harnessing that aggression into a team effort to achieve perfection!
  • This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don't care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other. And maybe... I don't know, just maybe we'll learn to play this game like men.
  • I'm not gonna talk to you tonight about winnin' and losin'. You're already winners 'cause you didn't kill each other up at camp.
  • In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power! Well that football field out there tonight, that's our universe. Let's rule it like Titans!
  • Now I may be a mean cuss. But I'm the same mean cuss with everybody out there on that football field. The world don't give a damn about how sensitive these kids are, especially the black kids. You ain't doin' these kids a favor by patronizing them. You're crippling them; You're crippling them for life.
  • How many feet are in a mile? How many feet are in a mile? 5,280. You pick this ball up, and you run every one of them! You're killing me Petey! You're killing me!
  • I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.
  • I'm a winner. I'm going to win.
  • It's all right. We're in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do. Anybody can see that. Win or lose... We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That's all anybody can ask for cool

Sheryl Yoast

  • Y'all are acting like a bunch of sissies! Quit it!
  • He's gettin' beat like he stole something!
  • In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, it's bigger than Christmas day. My daddy coached in Alexandria, he worked so hard my momma left him, but I stayed with coach, he needed me on that field.
  • People say that it can't work, black and white; well here we make it work, everyday. We have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.


  • Blue Stanton: [on Alan's "singing"] Does the term "cruel and unusual punishment" mean anything to you?
  • Coach Yoast: You make sure they remember, FOREVER, the night they played the Titans!
  • Bertier: I love you, sugar.
  • Bertier: I swear to God, I'm gonna hit you so hard, by the time you come to, oooh boy, you're gonna need a new haircut!
  • Petey Jones: Why the clouds, Sunshine?
  • Carol Boone: Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all.
  • Coach Yoast: [when Boone gets the team to do up-downs] There's a fine line between tough and crazy and you're flirting with it.
  • Coach Yoast: [when Boone wakes everyone up at 3am] This is a high school football team, not the marines.


Coach Boone: [Petey has his hand raised ] Put your hand down! You're smiling.
Petey Jones: Yes.
Coach Boone: Yes, sir. Why are you smiling?
Petey Jones: 'Cause I love football. Football's fun.
Petey Jones: was fun, sir.
Coach Boone: Not any more though, is it? Is it?
Petey Jones: Not right now, no.
Coach Boone: No, it's not fun anymore. Not even a little bit.
Petey Jones: Uh... no.
Coach Boone: Make up your mind. Think, since you're thinkin'. Go on, think. Is it fun?
Petey Jones: No, sir.
Coach Boone: No? Absolutely not?
Petey Jones: Zero fun, sir.
Coach Boone: [Adresses the team] All right, listen up! I'm Coach Boone, I'm gonna tell you all about how much [looks at Petey] fun you're gonna have this season.

Coach Boone: Are your parents here?
Bertier: That´s my mother right there.
Coach Boone: That's your mama? Very nice, how are you?.
[nods his head at Gerry's mom]
Coach Boone: You take one last good look at her. Cause once you step on that bus you aint got your mama anymore. You got your brothers on the team and you got your daddy. You know who your daddy is, dontcha? Gerry, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy? Who's your daddy, Gerry? Who's your daddy?
Bertier: You.
Coach Boone: And who's team is this, Gerry? Is this your team? Or is this your daddy's team?
Bertier: Yours.
Coach Boone: Now get on the bus. Put on your jacket first and get on the bus.

Bertier: Listen, I'm Gerry, you're Julius. Let's just get some particulars and get this over with.
Julius: Particulars? Man, no matter what I tell you, you ain't neva gonna know nothing about me.
Bertier: Listen, I ain't running any more of these three-a-days--
Julius: Well, what I got to say you really don't wanna hear 'cuz honesty ain't too high upon your people priority list.
Bertier: Honesty? You want honesty? Honestly, I think you're nothing. Nothing but a pure waste of God-given talent. You don't listen to nobody man. Not even Doc or Boone. Shiver push on the line everytime and you blow right past 'em. Push 'em, pull 'em. do something. You can't run over everyone in this league and everytime you do you leave one of your teammates hanging out to dry, me in particular!
Julius: Why should I give a hoot about you? Huh? Or anyone else out there? You wanna talk about a waste, you the captain, right?
Bertier: Right.
Julius: Captian's supposed to be the leader, right?
Bertier: Right.
Julius: You got a job?
Bertier: I got a job.
Julius: You been doing your job?
Bertier: I been doing my job.
Julius: Then why don't you tell your white buddies to block for Rev better because they have not blocked for him worth a plug nickel, and you know it! Nobody plays. Yourself included. I'm supposed to wear myself out for the team? What team? Nah, nah what I'm gonna do is look out for myself and I'ma get mine.
Bertier: See man, thats the worst attitude I eva heard.
Julius: Attitude reflects leadership, captain.

[after Petey makes a fumble]
Coach Boone: What is wrong with you?! Why are you fumblin' my football?!
Petey Jones: My blockers were-
Coach Boone: Your blockers! Your blockers don't have anything to do with you holdin' on the the ball! Did your blockers fumble the football, or did you fumble the football!
Petey Jones: I did sir.
Coach Boone: Alright! how many feet are in a mile? How many feet are in a mile?
Petey Jones: I dunno.
Coach Boone: 5,280 feet! You pick this ball up, you run every one of them! You're killing me Petey! You're killing me!

Blue Stanton: Coach we need a water break, we been out here all day!
Coach Boone: What did you say?
Blue Stanton: We need a water break sir.
Coach Boone: A water break? Water is for cowards. Water makes you weak. Water is for washing blood off that uniform and you don't get no blood on my uniform, boy you must be outside yo mind! We are going to up-downs, until Blue is no longer tired, and thirsty.

Petey Jones: Hey, hey, Lastik man what happened to you?
Louie Lastik: [holding back, in fake pain] Man I just gave your momma a piggy-back ride and she weighs twice as much as I do!
Petey Jones: That ain't funny!

Bertier: Hey Julius I was thinking we could...
Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass: He's taking a shower.
Bertier: What do you want?
Ronnie "Sunshine" Bass: You know what I want
[Ronnie kisses him and Bertier starts trying to punch him, while the team holds him back]
Bertier: Enough!
Julius: What is going on here?
Bertier: He kissed me! [Julius pauses for a moment, then starts laughing]

Coach Boone: What are you?
Team: Mobile, agile, hostile!
Coach Boone: What is pain?
Team: French bread!
Coach Boone: What is fatigue?
Team: Army clothes!
Coach Boone: Will you ever quit?
Team: No! We want some mo', we want some mo', we want some mo'!

Sheryl Yoast: Coach Boone, you did a good job up here. You ran a tough camp from what I can see.
Coach Boone: Well I'm very happy to have the approval of a 5 year old.
Sheryl Yoast: I'm 9 and a half, thank you very much.
Coach Boone: Why don't you get this little girl some pretty dolls or something coach?
Coach Yoast: I've tried. She loves football.

Blue Stanton: Five, Six, Five Six Seven Eight!
Team: Everywhere we go -Everywhere we go-, people wanna know -people wanna know-, who we are -who we are-, so we tell them -so we tell them- We Are The Titans! -We Are The Titans!- The Mighty Mighty Titans! -The Mighty Mighty Titans!...

Coach Paul 'Doc' Hines: You have twelve brothers and sisters?
Coach Boone:: Eight.
Coach Paul 'Doc' Hines: Yeah, twelve sounds better.

Coach Yoast: I think this is a very good time for prayer and reflection...
Bertier: Coach, I'm hurt. I ain't dead.
Coach Yoast: Yeah...yeah, I guess you're right.
Bertier: You know, I've been reading up on what activities they got for people in wheelchairs and such...[smiles] They've got Olympics.

[Julius visits Bertier in the hospital]
Nurse: Only kin's allowed in here.
Bertier: Alice, are you blind? Don't you see the family resemblance? That's my brother.

[Yoast confronts a crooked referee at the regional championship game]
Coach Yoast: I know all about it, Titus.
Referee: What are you taliking about, Bill?
Coach Yoast: You call this game fair, or I'll go to the papers. I don't care if I go down with you, but before God I swear I'll see every last one of you thrown in jail!
Referee: You dig your own grave.
Coach Yoast: Okay.

Coach Yoast: DEFENSE ON ME! Petey don't you drift to the strong side.
Petey Jones: Coach, they're calling a holding penalty on me every time-
Coach Yoast: Did I ask for your excuses? You want to act like a star, you better give me a star effort, do you hear me? [Petey walks away] Forget about him. Alan, you're in, come on. All right now, I don't want them to gain another yard! You BLITZ ALL NIGHT!!! If they cross the line of scrimmage, I swear I'll take every last one of you out... You make sure they remember FOREVER the night they played the Titans!!! [defense cheers] Leave no doubt!

Coach Boone:: I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.


  • History is written by the winners.
  • Before they could win, they had to become one.


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