Join an All-Star cast in this Telly Award-winning and overwhelmingly acclaimed documentary of the man who led The University of Texas Longhorns to three National Championships and continues to remain the state's most legendary football coach -- Darrell Royal!
Narrated by Matthew McConaughey. Hosted by Cactus Pryor. Told by Coach Royal and his long-time friends...including Willie Nelson, Earl Campbell, George W. Bush, Larry Gatlin, Keith Jackson, Ed Marinaro and many more.
Winner, 1999 Telly Award for Best Sports Documentary.
Winner, 2000 Communicator Award of Excellence.
Winner, HBO/Peabody Grant Award.
Produced by none other than Richard Hull of SportsHollywood.com!Available only on videocassette. Not available in stores.
Currently airing on PBS, DirecTV's new College Sports Television Network (CSTV) and Fox Sports Net. Videos of the award-winning documentary can be purchased at www.texassports.com, www.amazon.com or by calling 888-497-9898 (or click on Parker, below).
A portion of the proceeds from each tape will establish the University's Coach Mike Campbell Scholarship Fund.
Available only on DVD and videocassette|
Not available in stores.
Only $24.95 (+s&h)
--Randy Galloway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"If you're a sports fan and you don't own 'The Story of Darrell Royal'...then you're not really a sports fan."
-- Bill Schoening, KVET Radio, Austin
"This is perhaps the most touching, heart-felt and well-done story ever told from the ranks of national college football."
--Norm Hitzges, KLIF Radio, Dallas
"I thought it was great!"
"UT football faithful are apt to feel as many chills as when 'The Eyes of Texas' is played...and best of all, the documentary gets to the good stuff in less than one-third the time it takes to sink the Titanic."
-- John Anders, Dallas Morning News
"Boy, was this a good one!"
--Gil Brandt, Former Vice President, Dallas Cowboys, KLIF Radio, Dallas
He Gave Reporters the Royal Treatment
By Larry Stewart, L.A. Times Staff Writer
Usually when one thinks of quotable football coaches, Lou Holtz or the late John McKay come to mind. Former Texas coach Darrell Royal ranks high as well. Here are some examples of "Royalisms" from a TV show and videotape, "The Story of Darrell Royal," narrated by Matthew McConaughey and produced by Richard Hull:
• "We're gonna dance with who brung us," after a reporter suggested that Royal make some changes on offense.
• "The sun don't shine on the same dog's rear end every day."
• "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
• "The only place you can win a football game is on the field. The only place you can lose is in your hearts."
• "There's a heckuva fight going on out there in the Cotton Bowl, boys. Why don't you get in on it?" (From halftime speech when Texas trailed Oklahoma at halftime, 7-0. The Longhorns rallied to win, 9-7.)
Also enjoy these fabulous titles, all worked on by the SportsHollywood staff:
BachelorMan (2004), newly-released by Mark Cuban's Magnolia Films. Produced, co-starring and co-written by Rodney Lee Conover; Co-written and co-produced by Jeff Hause and Dave Hines. Winner of 26 film festival awards: Ted Davis (David DeLuise) is not crazy enough to think he's God's gift to women -- just optimistic enough to think that women are God's gift to him. However, one day a mysterious brunette named Heather (Missi Pyle) moves in next door. She is the ultimate BacheloretteWoman and as Ted tries to win her over, he realizes that even a BachelorMan can fall prey to love. Directed by John Putch.
Daddy Day Camp (2007), produced by SH's Rich Hull: Daddy Day Care pals Charlie and Phil are back in this hilarious, all-new adventure: Daddy Day Camp! When the dads expand their childcare magic to Camp Driftwood - serving up sports, crafts and teaching the kids a thing or two about nature, they discover the camp has everything it needs except a plan to put the bullies of rival Camp Canola to shame. With some quick thinking, teamwork, a secret weapon and some off-the-wall crazy antics, the dads and kids unite to make sure Daddy Day Camp secures its rightful place in kid camp history!
Pirate Camp (2008), a family film co-produced by SH's Jeff Hause and Dave Hines, starring Corbin Bernsen as the leader on a mysterious island where legendary pirates have been trapped in an ancient curse, in a "thrilling, sword-clashing journey into the heart of the Golden Age of Piracy, where skill, deceit and pirate trickery become the only means of survival" -- with fart jokes! Seth Adkins co-stars as Cooper Blakely, one of five kids who travel to the mysterious island. Only "the one with the pure heart" will be able to reverse the curse by finding Blackbeard's gold. "Laugh out loud moments of non-stop excitement makes Pirate Camp a thrill ride for the entire family, and adds an outrageously fun chapter to the legacy of pirate adventure." So there.
Creature Unknown, co-starring Betty Okino!
Aeon Flux, also co-starring Betty Okino! (Who did her own stunts!)
Popular: The First Season, also co-starring Betty Okino!
Betty at the Aeon Flux premiere.
Warm-Blooded Killers: John Portenza is a hit man and baseball card collector, working on his anger management. His little sister Vicky, works alongside her brother in the people removal business. Their lives are turned upside down when John loses his cool and kills Vicky's boyfriend, Dutch who turns out to be the godson of Johns crime lord boss, Vince. Counterfeit money, a mouthy undertaker and a twice-killed cadaver are clues that lead the crime boss to believe that the siblings are no longer employees - but now the targets! Co-starring Parker Shipp!
Watch Transparency online, a SPIKE TV horror fantasy about a teenager who moves to a new town and begins to suspect his landlady is not what she appears to be. He also befriends the girl next door (Parker Shipp), who has strange powers of her own. (Available free online -- who says we charge you for everything?)
MOVIES FOR BASEBALL SEASON
Field of Dreams: Buy the movie that started all the bitter rage, envy, and jealousy detailed on this web site. The DVD contains a documentary that details ongoing saga of the ballpark set that is the tourist attraction today. Starring Kevin Costner and our favorite actors, Steve Eastin, Michael Milhoan and Art LaFleur. If you've seen the film, buy the book: Shoeless Joe.
Bull Durham is about minor league baseball, romance, sex, poetry, and metaphysics--though not necessarily in that order. Susan Sarandon plays a loopy lady who just loves America's national pastime, and the men who play it. At the opening of every season, she attaches herself to a promising rookie and guides him through the season. Unfortunately, the player she bestows her favors upon does not really deserve it. She knows it, and veteran Kevin Costner knows it. Her choice, "Nuke" (Tim Robbins), is the only one who doesn't know it. The film is written and directed by Ron Shelton, a former minor league player, who based the Nuke character on his old teammate, Steve Dalkowski.
The Natural: Baseball as Arthurian Legend, mixing the Knights of the Round Table with anecdotal baseball lore and urban legend... and somehow it works!!! Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is the best baseball player anybody's ever seen -- although the right people haven't seen him yet. On his way to the majors, he is cut down by a mysterious black widow (Barbara Hershey) and vanishes. Finally, he reemerges sixteen years later, and lands a spot with the New York Knights team (get it?) and begins tearing up the league with his Excalibur-like bat. Based on the Bernard Malamud novel. Barry Levinson directs. But the best thing about this movie is the amazing musical score by Randy Newman.
Come on -- admit it -- you liked it!!!
Pride of the Yankees: Producer Samuel Goldwyn's Hollywood epic starred Hollywood Stars owner Gary Cooper as New York Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, whose career was cut short by disease. Sam Wood directed, from a script by Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane). It's a touching story of Gehrig's love of baseball from childhood, his friendship with Babe Ruth (who plays himself in the film), his marriage, career triumphs, and eventual resignation from the game. Teresa Wright is wonderful as Gehrig's supportive wife. Cooper's heartbreaking re-creation of Gehrig's farewell speech to Yankee fans is a magnificent moment. ("People all say that I've had a bad break. But today...today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.") At Academy Award time, the film received 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cooper), and Best Actress (Wright), but would only win for Best Editing (Daniel Mandell). Shot at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. NOTE: Avoid colorized versions!!!
Baseball: A brilliant 18-hour documentary by Ken Burns (The Civil War). Covering more than 100 years, divided into nine innings, two hours each in length, the video examines complex social issues such as segregation, racial inequality (including sections on the "Negro Leagues" and Jackie Robinson), labor battles between owners and players, politics, technology and gender conflicts, and like baseball itself, gets less interesting as it moves into the modern era. Still, it's required viewing for any sports fan.