A star high school football player goes through the ups and downs of 'big-time' college athletics in the 1950's.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Steve Novak
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Melissa
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T. C. McCabe
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Professor Megroth
Elliott Lewis ...
Eddie Abrams
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Coach 'Preacher' Tennant
Howard St. John ...
Belfrage
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Gene Hausler (as Aldo DaRe)
Alvin Baldock ...
Francis 'Clay' Clayborne
Wilbur Robertson ...
Bob Whittier
Charles Barnes ...
Moose Wagner (as Charles Mercer Barnes)
Bill Martin ...
Joe Mestrovic
Mickey Knox ...
Joey Novak
Sandro Giglio ...
Poppa Jan Novak
Tito Vuolo ...
Manuel
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High school football hero Steve Novak finds himself caught up in the world of big-time college athletics at Jackson University in the 1950's. He must balance his desire to get an education with the high expectations of his coach and "benefactor," by whose grace he is attending Jackson. Still applicable today, the movie shows that the problems of college athletics are not just a new phenomenon. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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10 September 1951 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Outstanding football movie!
25 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film on AMC on a rare Tuesday off of work. I was surprised at how good it was. What struck me first was the cinematography, outstanding! Lee Garmes really understood how to frame a football game and uses some innovative mobile camera work to take you right into the action. His camera angles are very similar to ones you see covering football today and I wonder if he was a pioneer in this effort.

The story flowed well and kept you interested. It's somewhat disheartening that the underlying thread in the story (the dark (money)side of big time college football) is still so relevant. When Aldo Ray's character say's to John Derek's character "...do you think the fans get in for free?, It's a racket..." and you consider it is 1951 you wonder at how far we have really come.


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