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Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  27 September 1991 (USA)
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Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Blake
Coach Ed Gennero
Coach Wally Rig
Dr. Suzanne Carter
Dean Phillip Elias
Carver Purcell
Chuck Neiderman
Jarvis Edison
Wyatt Beaudry
Duane Davis ...
Michael Dolan ...
Eric 'Samorai' Hansen
Sargie 'Fumblina' Wilkinson
Lucy Draper
Charlie Banks


Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a 34 year old quarterback, a female placekicker and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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They just might be the biggest bunch of losers that ever became winners. See more »


Comedy | Sport


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Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armadillo Bears - Ein total chaotischer Haufen  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)


$26,255,594 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The predicament of the fictional Texas State football team is based on the scandal surrounding another Texas college, Southern Methodist University. SMU had been placed on probation three times in the 1980s for repeated recruitment violations, such as giving monetary enticements to players and their families. In 1987, SMU was punished under the Repeat Violator Rule, better known as the "death penalty." All football was canceled and scholarships were revoked for 1987, and only away games were allowed in 1988, although the school canceled the 1988 season anyway. The team was refielded in 1989 with an all-tryout squad. The Mustangs did not have a winning season until 2009. See more »


When Krimm knocks Coach Rig off of the sled, he takes an incorrect angle at the point of contact, causing the sled to turn improperly. A seasoned player like Krimm should know how to square up and make proper contact with the sled. See more »


Jarvis Edison: How many timeouts do we have left?
Paul Blake: Three.
Jarvis Edison: Can we take 'em all now?
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References Edward Scissorhands (1990) See more »

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hilarious sports movie
11 July 2010 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

This was a very funny sports (specifically American Football) movie where a college football team gets heavily sanctioned by such things as recruitment violations and has to get a new team from its student body and recruits its quarterback as a 34-year-old farmer in Scott Bakula. I will admit that there was hardly anything new in this formula and cliché-ridden film, and you will probably be able to figure out what happens in the final scene once it arrives, but you will have a fun time getting there. I absolutely loved Rob Schneider's role as the sportscaster. The coaches, players, and the lady professor were all great, and the movie was hilarious throughout. I actually attended the filming of the final scene at UNT. That was fun. You will not regret watching this movie.

*** out of ****

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