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A high school footballer desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

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Brian (as Christopher Penn)
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James A. Baffico ...
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Mel Winkler ...
Jess Covington
Walter Briggs ...
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George Betor ...
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Fox (as Keith Ford)
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Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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He has everything at stake. He can't afford to lose. He's got to make all the right moves. See more »

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Three schools were used to portray Walnut Heights. Johnstown's Votech as seen when the Ampipe bus arrives for the big game. The locker room scenes were shot at Westmont High School some 20 miles from the Vo-tech. The scene where the team is getting on the bus to go home after the game, where Stefan is not allowed on the bus, was filmed in the parking lot of Westmont Junior High. See more »

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When Stefan goes to the field to ask the coach to play in the game, his hair is blowing in the wind. In the reverse angle, his hair is laying down flat. See more »

Quotes

Steff: You are really FUCKED, man!
Nickerson: No son, you are.
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Unison
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Performed by Junior
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Roberts and Andy Goldmark
Produced by Bruce Roberts and Andy Goldmark
Executive Producer Brooks Arthur
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Interesting tale of small town USA
23 November 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Stef Djordjevic is one of a team of football players in Pennsylvania that is relying on a scholarship to leave the dying steel town and go to college. The only options open to them in the town are to work in the steel mill which is currently laying off workers. The film shows the many barriers that trap the youngsters in the town.

This is one of Cruise's first films and it is a lot less glossy than many of his star-driven projects now, it's a lot more rough and ready than he would let it be if he made it now. It is a very simple story and a very short film - it basically shows a group of friends trapped in the town who have dreams of more but must overcome obstacles to get to college. Cruise must overcome the team coach's dislike for him to get a recommendation, Penn finds himself with a pregnant girlfriend who he must marry, Paul Carafotes finds himself drawn into crime to make ends meet. The lesson of the film is that it's difficult to break a cycle where you're in an industrial town and are expected to go into the same type of work as your father etc.

The most interesting thing about this is how young all the actors are! We've all got used to their faces now and it's weird seeing how young Cruise, Penn and Lea Thompson once were. The story is OK but is a little clichéd and is all a bit tidy towards the end. The football action is not exciting but I suppose is a muddily realistic representation of small town school sports. The performances are good considering the young cast and Chris Penn and Craig T. Nelson provide the two best roles. Cruise is a little too overplayed and brings a bit too much teenage anger and angst to the role.

Overall it's an interesting film, a little clichéd but OK. Personally I found it a little boring and didn't really care what happened to Cruise but it's not too bad.


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