MRM is still hosting and although his description was a little vague this week, I think I have it right. And I may have selected this movie before in a MCW challenge, can’t remember. But it is an all-time fave movie for many reasons.
1. They got it right. The time period. The racial tension. The music being played at the football games. I know, because I was there. Not in Virginia, but the OKC version.
2. It could have been my high school. I started HS the same year as the racial integration plan in OKC. If only (IF ONLY!) our school had come together in such a fashion. As it was, riots (or rumors of riots) were standard fare. Parents drove around with their headlights on in support of local schools. My parents chose not to participate in that and had the theory that only “open housing” would bring about true integration. Meaning, when all races can live in one neighborhood would integration happen. It took a while, but I do believe my folks were right.
3. Face it, just one of the best high school coming-of-age movies ever. And the coming-of-age was about teamwork and inspiration, not sneaking out, drinking and sex. The adults are great role models. Coach Yoast saying, “Make them remember, FOREVER, the night they played the Titans …” I love that line! I get choked up every time I watch him say it. Many, many, MANY nights were spent in the football stands watching my brother play ball … every other night was spent analyzing the game during dinner table conversation. I so identify with the little girl, who grew up to be Hayden Panetierre. Imagine that!
4. And I chose this scene because it shows Garry Bertier in his gold Camaro. I had that car!!!! Well, I had the Pontiac version! I had the gold Pontiac Firebird, just like the gold Camaro! I had the 1970 version. I think Gary’s is a ‘69 model.
Here’s Pam’s super-cool 1970 Firebird from high school! It was “faster than a striped ape.” How fast is that? Well, have you ever SEEN a striped ape? (Description given by my dad’s mechanic who worked on it from time to time for us …) That was my dad’s blue Thunderbird in the background too. Hmmm, I had forgotten about that car. Of course, we were too cool to be seen in it at the time, but that T-bird looks pretty dang fine to me now!
Hmmmm, now in this photo …. I do believe that might be my mom’s blue Maverick in the background there. That is the evil car I drove in my driver’s test when I turned 16. It had no power steering. I was unable to back into the metal stand they used for the parallel parking maneuver. I knocked the dang thing over. I KNOCKED IT OVER. Immediate flunk. What a way to ruin a girl’s 16th birthday.
Here’s the actual page I scanned from my old photo album. Thought you guys might appreciate how suits like this have made a come-back. Luckily her hair style has not. The girl’s name was Debbie and was a good friend at the time. Absolutely no idea where she is these days. The OSU cake? I turned 18 as a freshman in college at Oklahoma State.
Oh how, I long for that Firebird! Loved loved LOVED loved that car! I actually had 10 people in that car at one time. So crowded that someone else had to operate the accelerator pedal while I did the brake pedal.
Okay, so I have digressed so far from the REMEMBER THE TITANS video clip … but it takes me back to that time in my life and that is what MCW is all about!