Glory Road is the true story of the West Texas College men's basketball team of 1965-1966. The story was formulaic, but as a fan of sports movies that didn't bother me. My only complaint with the movie comes not from the movie itself, but from my expectations of the movie. I was expecting another underdog sports movie, a little engine that could story, and Glory Road was not that type of movie. The athletes recruited by Coach Haskins to play for him in the 65-66 season were all good players who, during pre-season training, melded together into a team. The focus of this movie was not on outcasts, or less than talented players coming together and beating the odds to form a team while discovering themselves in the process, but on race as the seven players that Coach Haskins recruited to play for him that season were all black which was not an entirely welcome concept for a southern basketball team in 1965.
So, instead of the coming of age story I was expecting, we have a story of race in America in the 60's. Still good, still effective, still interesting, still entertaining, just not what I was personally expecting. I was expecting something more along the lines of Hoosiers or Coach Carter, or To Sir With Love or Stand and Deliver and in comparison to emotional stories like those, Glory Road almost played like a documentary, rather than a Hollywood movie. If that sounds like a criticism of the movie it isn't intended to be because as I said above, I did think the movie was good. The acting in the movie was pretty good all around, especially Josh Lucas as Coach Haskins. Jon Voight was a little over the top as Kentucky's Coach Rupp.
Despite my expectations I enjoyed this movie very much and would recommend it to anyone, especially college basketball fans. I would also suggest to anyone who isn't already familiar with the story to wait until after seeing the movie to go out and read about the real team and coach. I rate this a 7 out of 10.