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Lets discuss the movie "Remember The Titans" (2000)

I love this movie! I was a kid when it came out and used to watch it over and over, and still watch it whenever it comes on to this day. Such a great movie and story, and one of Denzels best, IMHO. You even see Ryan Gosling pre-nose job.

There is one issue I have with this movie, and it is the character "Sunshine". He is originally from California, and is gay, and doesn't hide that he is gay to his team, but none of them take issue with it? This was set in the 60s! He even kisses one of the athletes on the mouth and the team kind of acts like its no big deal outside of the one that got kissed and everyone just accepts that he is gay.

While this is how it should be, its not realistic or believable that they would be so ok with Sunshine. He would have gotten his ass beaten numerous times! It is Virginia 1960s! (the scene below)

Outside of that unrealistic character, the film is very charming, sweet, and pulls at your heartstrings.

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by Anonymousreply 3102/22/2021

Not really OP. Northern Virginia is not like rest of Virginia, culturally. I would say DC was just as progressive as NYC in the 60s and even more so today. Its not that be of a stretch with the civil rights movement sweeping large cities.

by Anonymousreply 106/15/2019

R1 you’re delusional if you think they would be fine with Sunshine in the 60s. Even NYC had major homophobia and gay bashing.

You’re living in a Utopia.

by Anonymousreply 206/15/2019

This film took place in the 70s. I never said homophobia didn't exist. Are you that fkin dense. Don't twist my words, you stupid fuck.

by Anonymousreply 306/15/2019

I haven't seen this movie for years, but I didn't read it that his character was actually gay - he got labeled as such by certain teammates because he had long hair and was from California, but instead of angrily denying it or freaking out or whatever, he just decided to mess with his teammates. It was just meant to show that he was an open-minded hippie type.

by Anonymousreply 406/15/2019

R3 you’re the stupid fuck. You are claiming the team would be fine with Sunshine and even be ok with him kissing one of the straight guys. No. The 70s were no better for gays.

by Anonymousreply 506/15/2019

r4, Thats what I remembered as well from this film. But I didn't want to disappoint the OP. Great film, nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 606/15/2019

I'm with r4 He wasn't gay, he just knew which buttons to push. Sunshine was a real guy and not gay.

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by Anonymousreply 706/15/2019

r5, you must be a hysterical mary. Learn how to fight and protect yourself. Life was not a 24/7 hell hole for gays even in the 70s, IN suburban dc. Educate yourself, and stop being a victim all the time.

by Anonymousreply 806/15/2019

Majority of straights hated gays, even in DC.

by Anonymousreply 906/15/2019

Dame Maggie was great in it!

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by Anonymousreply 1006/15/2019

He wasn't gay. Watch the film.

by Anonymousreply 1106/15/2019

I didn't recognize Ryan Hurst from Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead as Bertier for years.

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by Anonymousreply 1206/15/2019

They’re giving this now on USA network

by Anonymousreply 1306/15/2019

A good movie. I enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 1406/16/2019

OP isn’t very bright

by Anonymousreply 1506/16/2019

I watched this tonight. I hadn't seen it in almost 20 years. It really has a great cast. A young Hayden Panettiere. As the OP indicated, a pre-nose job Ryan Gosling. Donald Faison post-Clueless and pre-Scrubs and looking sexy and ripped. Wood Harris is an early role as well.

Denzel is the star but Will Patton almost steals the film. I forgot what a great actor he is.

by Anonymousreply 1602/21/2021

That fat guy is super hot now.

by Anonymousreply 1702/21/2021

He'd be hotter if he wasn't a Scientologist.

by Anonymousreply 1802/21/2021

I currently work with Jerry “Rev” Harris; you want me to ask him?

by Anonymousreply 1902/21/2021

Are you an attorney r19?

by Anonymousreply 2002/21/2021

No. I work in budget and Jerry works in payroll.

by Anonymousreply 2102/21/2021

Wow this thread has really walked down some intriguing paths.

by Anonymousreply 2202/21/2021

Yuck.

Denzel. Double yuck.

by Anonymousreply 2302/21/2021

I don't think Sunshine was gay. He was supposed to be so chill that he was okay with being considered gay. Maybe he was supposed to be bi. It's not clear in the script.

by Anonymousreply 2402/21/2021

Thank you Larry King, s R10! It's one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 2502/21/2021

Is this the one where Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a mentally retarded black man that rides around in a shopping cart?

by Anonymousreply 2602/21/2021

The character Sunshine WAS NOT GAY you twats.

The movie was based on a true story and that guy really existed. If he were turned gay for the movie or if he was gay in real life we'd have heard it EVERYWHERE.

But we didn't. Because neither the character nor the real guy were gay.

by Anonymousreply 2702/21/2021

R1 Virginia was always pretty backwards up until around the mid 2000’s. My high school had been renamed to Justice H.S. and now T.C. Williams the high school in the movie is up for a name change. Even here in Northern Virginia the confederacy and it’s losing loving lovers are still in place (hiding their pride mostly but still here).

There are still backwards boomers here and I had the displeasure of running into two this weekends while enjoying the Kanto weekend in Pokemon Go.

by Anonymousreply 2802/22/2021

I moved from California to Alexandria, VA (where the movie takes place) in 1978, so just a few years after the period which the story covers. I found it horribly unrealistic. The movie made it seem like Alexandria was some sort of typical southern backwater town, when in fact it's directly across the river from Washington, DC and adjacent to Arlington.

by Anonymousreply 2902/22/2021

R20 - I meant that I work with the REAL Jerry “Rev” Harris, not the guy who played him in the film.

by Anonymousreply 3002/22/2021

Very cool r30.

by Anonymousreply 3102/22/2021
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