Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of African American coach Herman Boone portrayed by Denzel Washington, and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in the city of Alexandria, a suburb of Washington, D.C. in 1971. Actor Will Patton portrays Bill Yoast, an assistant coach making a transition to help out Boone. The real life portrayal of athletes Gerry Bertier and Julius Campbell, played by Ryan Hurst and Wood Harris, appear within the harmonized storyline; while Kip Pardue and Kate Bosworth also star in principal roles.
The film was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and released by Buena Vista Pictures. Remember the Titans explores civil topics, such as racism, discrimination and athletics. On September 29, 2000, the film's soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records. It features songs written by several recording artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Hollies, Marvin Gaye, James Taylor and Cat Stevens.
Remember the Titans premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on September 29, 2000 grossing $115.7 million in domestic ticket receipts. It earned an additional $21 million in business through international release to top out at a combined $136.7 million in gross revenue. The film was considered a financial success due to its $30 million budget. Preceding its theatrical run, the film was generally met with favorable critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas.
In 1971, at the desegregated T. C. Williams High School, a black head coach Herman Boone (Washington) is hired to lead the school's football team. Boone takes over from the current coach Bill Yoast (Patton), nominated for the Virginia High School Hall of Fame. As a show of respect, Boone offers an assistant coordinator coaching position to Yoast. Yoast at first refuses Boone's offer, but reconsiders after the white players pledge to boycott the team if he does not participate. Dismayed at the prospect of the students losing their chances at scholarships, Yoast changes his mind and takes up the position of defensive coordinator.