Hollywood Takes a Trip Down 'Glory Road'

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Under coach Don Haskins, Texas Western broke down racial barriers to win a national basketball championship. Frank Carroll/Buena Vista hide caption

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Texas Western players huddle in scene from 'Glory Road.'

Under coach Don Haskins, Texas Western broke down racial barriers to win a national basketball championship.

Frank Carroll/Buena Vista

It's been 40 years since unheralded Texas Western beat powerhouse Kentucky for the championship of men's college basketball. Coach Don Haskins' underdog team started five black players against Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky squad. The outcome of the game proved to be an important moment in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Now the story of a coach who won a title and broke down racial barriers in the process is a major motion picture. Glory Road is in theaters around the country this weekend.

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