Are you a fan of the NFL?
If you are, here’s a movie that you might like: The U. Mature athletes will enjoy watching this movie, which is about the University of Miami football program. We all know that the University of Miami is one of the training grounds for some of the country’s best football players and this 2009 documentary film showcases why.
Most Watched ESPN Football Documentary
Produced by the Miami-based media studio Rakontur and directed by Miami-native and University of Miami alumni Billy Corben, The U was released on December 12, 2009, after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN.
The film, which is part of the sports network’s 30 for 30 documentary series, drew about 2.3 million viewers during its premiere. It was said that it was the most watched ever documentary produced by ESPN until the release of Pony Excess, another documentary film about college football.
Football as Reprieve for Tough Times
The U is basically about the football program the University of Miami is using to train its football players. Throughout the 1980s, Miami was at the heart of a racial and cultural revolution taking place throughout the United States. In the year 1980s, the locals were reeling from the explosion of public violence caused by the Cocaine Wars, the arrival of thousands of criminal Cuban refugees during the Mariel Boatlift, and deadly race riots following the acquittal of Miami-Dade police officers who beat a black insurance salesman to death.
The only reprieve Miami residents had from those trying times is when they were watching the Miami Hurricanes on their television sets. The Hurricanes were widely known for their end zone celebration dance, and some even said that if they didn’t invent the end zone celebration zone, they were certainly the ones who perfected it.
When Hurricanes Built a Football Dynasty
By the late 1980s, the Hurricanes have overtaken the Miami Dolphins in terms of popularity among South Florida football fans. The footballers from the University of Miami were considered hometown heroes and were far more revered than their professional counterparts. Despite their diverse, brash, and dangerous demeanor, the Hurricanes have clearly wormed their way into the local football fans’ hearts.
Beano Cook dubbed the Hurricanes as “the greatest dynasty since Caesar.” This was a view shared by the film’s director. According to Corben, over the course of a generation, he watched the team produced some of the most thrilling, controversial, and brilliant players in the history of NFL. They include Jim Kelly, Michael Irvin, Vinny Testaverde, Cortez Kennedy, Warren Sapp, Jerome Brown, Jessie Armstead, Ed Reed, Bernie Kosar, and Clinton Portis to name a few.
If you’re a fan of collegiate football or just football in general, make sure to check out The U and find out what makes this sports documentary a very compelling, must-watch.