Ryan Hurst as the white team captain Gerry Bertier
Wood Harris as Bertier's black counterpart Julius Campbell
Kip Pardue as the white California transfer Sunshine Ronnie Bass
Donald Faison as Petey Jones
David Jefferson as Cook
Burgess Jenkins as Butts
Craig Kirkwood as Rev
Ethan Suplee as the "white trash" big lineman Lewis Lastik
Preston Brant as Jerry Buck
Hayden Panettiere as football fanatic daughter Cheryl Yoast
Rice Brett as Coach Tyrell
Stuart Greer as Asst. Coach Marshall
Gregory Alan Williams as Coach "Doc" Hinds
This film is based on the true story of T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where Herman Boone was appointed the first black coach of the integrated high school football team in 1971. The white coach Bill Yoast must stand aside, but he decides to stay on as assistant to Boone. The team survives the racial turbulence in the city and school and goes on to a 13-0 season and the state championship.
Official Web Site from Disney, who heavily promoted the movie and held the premiere Sept. 23 for 40,000 at the Rose Bowl. The film won the box office for its opening weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 1 due to the heavy promotion, its PG-13 rating and appeal to a wide audience, and the lack of competiton from other studio releases.