Remember the Titans

2000 American sports film directed by Boaz Yakin

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. Written by Gregory Allen Howard.
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Coach Boone

  • Alright, listen up! I'm Coach Boone. I'm going to tell you all about how much fun you're going to have this season. We leave for camp, Gettysburg College, August 15th, 7:29 am! If you report at 7:30, you will not be playing football this season; you will be watching. You will wear a jacket, shirt, and tie! If you don't have one, buy one. If you can't afford one, then borrow one from your old man. If you don't have an old man, then find a drunk, trade him for his. Cause I can guarantee you, there isn't a bum on the street that looks as raggedy and ridiculous as what I'm looking at right now. This is no democracy! It is a dictatorship! I am the law! If you survive camp, you will be on the team. If you survive.
  • We will be perfect every day 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.
  • Anybody know what this place is? This is Gettysburg. This is where they fought the Battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fightin' the same fight that we're still fightin' amongst ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pourin' right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. "I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family." You listen, 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 right now, but you will respect each other. And maybe - I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men...


[at the family sendoff for the Titans' summer camp]
Coach Boone: What, you say your name was Jerry?
Gerry Bertier: [annoyed] Gerry.
Coach Boone: No, you must have said Jerry, like Lewis, [to Ray] which would make you Dean Martin, right? [to a crowd of people including Gerry's mother] Ladies and gentlemen! I've got an announcement to make. We got Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin going to camp with us this year. Jerry tells the jokes, Dean sings the songs and gets the girl. Let's give em a round of applause. [Boone claps]
Coach Boone: Where's your folk's, Gerry? Parents, are they here? Where are they?
Bertier: [points to his mother in the crowd] That's my mother.
Coach Boone: That's your momma?
Bertier: Mm-hmm.
Coach Boone: Very nice. How are you? Take a good look at her. Cause once you get on that bus, you ain't got no momma no more. You got your brothers on the team, and you got your daddy and you know who your daddy is, don't you? [Gerry says nothing] Gerry, if you wanna 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: Ah-hah. And whose team is this? Is this your team or is this your daddy's team?
Bertier: Yours.
Coach Boone: Mm-hmm. Get on the bus. Put your jacket on first and get on the bus. [Gerry walks to the bus and puts his jacket on. to Ray] Dean? Fix that tie, son.

Bertier: [lying down on bed, looking at a poster of the Black Power salute that Julius is putting up.] I ain't looking at that for two weeks man. Take it down.
Julius: Well, you can close your eyes for two weeks for all I care. Why don't you look at your wall and I'll look at mine.
Bertier: [getting up] I'll look wherever I want to, and I don't wanna be looking at that for two weeks.
Julius: Then you better use your X-ray vision, Superman, and look right through it, cause it ain't coming down.
[fight breaks out after Bertier forces the poster down]
Alan: [opens door, and shouts] FIGHT! [white and black players join in the melee]

[Bertier notices an Army officer and his son approaching the coaches]
Bertier: Hey fellas! Look at that fruitcake!
Coach Yoast: Gerry, just keep your mouth shut and get back on that field!
Col. Bass: Coach Boone, I'm Colonel Bass. We just got transferred here from Huntington Beach, California. This is my son, Ronnie, he's a quarterback.
Coach Boone: [shakes Sunshine's hand] How you doin' Ronnie?
Ronnie Bass: Coach Yoast.
Coach Yoast: [shakes Sunshine's hand as well] My pleasure.
Coach Boone: We're pretty set at the, uh, quarterback, colonel. But if your boy's any good, you might want to check out Wilson or Annandale.
Col. Bass: Well, I met Coach Taber. He won't let blacks play on his team. The way I see it, if these boys can fight a war together, they can play football together. Now, he's a pretty good runner...
[Sunshine throws football towards Gerry, who is standing at the other end of the field. The football hits Gerry square in the back. He turns around, angrily]
Julius: [laughing hysterically] Yeah, a fruitcake, huh?

[Coaches Boone and Yoast argue about the harassment by racist residents]
Coach Yoast: This is about setting a good example for our boys and the community.
Coach Boone: I don't scratch my head 'til it itches, and I don't dance until I hear some music, I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.
Coach Yoast: You want to carry your sinful pride to your grave, that's your business, but when your sins endanger on my little girl, it becomes mine.
Coach Boone: My sins? You think my sins had something to do with what happened last night? I'm sorry about what happened to your daughter, I really am, but maybe you've got a small taste of what my girl has gone through. [Yoast is silent] Welcome to my life, Yoast.

[Gerry Bertier has a word with Coach Boone after a missed block has led to a season-ending injury to the teams (black) starting QB]
Coach Boone: What's on your mind, son?
Gerry Bertier: I want Ray off the team, coach.
Boone: You know my policy.
Bertier: I do coach, and I respect it, but I know [looks at Ray] Ray missed that block on purpose. Sometimes you just got to cut a man loose.
Boone: [considers] Well, you're the captain. You make your decision, but you support that decision.

[Yoast realizes the Hall of Fame board have fixed the game against the Titans]
Coach Yoast: [to referee] I know all about it, Titus.
Referee: What are you talking about, Bill?
Coach Yoast: You call this game fair, or I'm going 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: [Smiles] All right. DEFENSE, ON ME! [huddles players; to Petey] Petey, don't you go on 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 wanna act like a star, you'd better give me a star effort, do you hear me? [Petey leaves] Forget about him. Allan, 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'm going to take every last one of you out! You make sure they remember, FOREVER, the night they played the Titans! [players cheer and get back to the field] LEAVE NO DOUBT!

[Coach Yoast counsels an injured Gerry Bertier]
Coach Yoast: Well, Gerry I think this is a time for reflection, for prayer...
Bertier: Coach, I'm hurt. I ain't dead.
Coach Yoast: [smiles] No, no you're not.
Bertier: You know, I've been reading on activities for people in wheelchairs and such...[Smiles] They've got Olympics.


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


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