MOVIE REVIEW – INTERPERSONNAL COMMUNICATION
I chose to do my paper on the movie “Remember the Titans”. This movie is one of my
favorite movies. Remember the Titans is not just a story about high school football. It’s a story
based on real life events that shows how people must overcome their difficulties and cooperate
with one another in order to achieve all that they want. Remember the Titans is the story of a
high school football team in the 70's as the black schools and the white schools are integrated.
The movie follows the newly appointed African-American head coach to a high school football
team in the South that is torn up with racism. The boys on the team, and the coaches themselves,
have to learn how to get along and play together as an inter-racial team playing its first season
The first concept that I found in the movie was legitimate power. In the text, it stated that
legitimate power is, “power based on one’s legitimate status or position” (Floyd, 2012). Coach
Boone meets with the boys for the first time. He states, “This is not a democracy. It is a
dictatorship. I am the law” (Yakin, 2000). Coach Boone is using legitimate power to let the
team know from the very beginning that he is in charge and what he says goes. Coach Boone
also uses legitimate power with Coach Yoast. There are several times throughout the movie
where Coach Boone lets Coach Yoast know who is in charge.
The second concept used is coercive power. Coercive power is, “power based on the
ability to punish” (Floyd, 2012). When the team is in camp, Coach Boone told the team, “you
drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the
football, and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a
mile” (Yakin, 2000). Coach Boone let the boys know that there will be consequences
for not doing what they need to do while playing football....