Game Clock Ticking Down for September 23rd 'Remember the Titans' World
Premiere at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
First Film Premiere Ever to be Held at the World-Renowned Stadium
BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney Pictures will
host a world premiere on Saturday, September 23rd, to celebrate the release
of an extraordinary new motion picture, ``Remember the Titans,'' from Jerry
Bruckheimer Films, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, it was announced
today (9/17) by Richard Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Motion Pictures
Group. The event will mark the first time that a Hollywood-style film premiere
has ever been held at the Rose Bowl.
Attending the premiere will be Academy Award®-winner Denzel Washington,
Will Patton, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Joining the celebrities will
be several original members and the two coaches of the 1971 high school
football team that the story is based on. Also attending will be 50,000
high school football players, cheerleaders, their parents, coaches, athletic
directors, and principals from all over southern California.
Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, ``Jerry Bruckheimer scores
again! He and director Boaz Yakin have created an enormously powerful,
entertaining, and uplifting film, and we wanted to premiere it in a special
way. To 'kick off' this film in front of these young men and women at the
Rose Bowl is especially appropriate. Telling a unique story in an emotional
and captivating way, 'Remember the Titans,' like the best sports movies,
is about more than just football, and we believe it will really strike
a chord with moviegoers this fall.''
The football players, representing 97 schools from the greater Los Angeles
area and over 100 more from as far away as San Diego, Palm Springs, Blythe,
Lompoc, and Santa Barbara, will attend the premiere in their jerseys. The
cheerleaders will dress in their uniforms. Their parents, coaches, athletic
directors, and principals will be true to their schools by wearing school
colors. Each school's representatives will arrive together at the premiere
in school buses and will sit together as a team in the stadium.
The film will be shown on four giant screens (65' by 100') on the field
at the Rose Bowl. Each screen is custom-made especially for this event.
Other entertainment includes a fly-over by the U.S. Air Force and a performance
by the USC Trojan marching band. The national anthem will be performed
by the First AME Church of Los Angeles. A live band will entertain the
arriving guests as games are projected on the Jumbotron. Master of Ceremonies
for the evening will be former Green Bay Packers player -- and now Channel
2 sportscaster -- Jim Hill. Fireworks will end the evening.
In Virginia, high school football is king. In 1971, high school football
was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board
was forced to integrate, the very foundation of football's great tradition
was put to the test. In what was a potentially volatile situation with
far reaching consequences, Herman Boone (DENZEL WASHINGTON) was brought
up from South Carolina and hired as head coach of the T.C. Williams High
Titans over popular coach Bill Yoast (WILL PATTON). Hiring Boone as coach
of the Titans presented a very precarious situation. However, as he and
Yoast learned to work together, they found they had much more than football
in common. Both were men of integrity and honor, with a strong work ethic
who molded a group of unfocused boys into a dynamic, winning team of responsible,
caring young men.
Walt Disney Pictures presents, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer
Films, ``Remember the Titans,'' a Technical Black production, starring
Denzel Washington and Will Patton. Directed by Boaz Yakin and produced
by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film is written by Gregory Allen Howard. Executive
producers are Mike Stenson and Michael Flynn. The film is distributed by
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
CONTACT: Heidi Trotta Senior Vice President, Publicity of Buena Vista
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