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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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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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at 0:10:05 When Coach Ed Gennero Hector Elizondo approaches Paul Blake Scott Bakula, the sign on the fence reads, "Neckover Trailers PO Box 455, Troup, Texas 214-842-3107. The area code has since then changed to (903) so the phone number is now 903-842-3107 which is still in business as of December 2015. See more »


During the final drive in the last game against Texas, on third down, Blake drops back to pass, and Flattop drops back to cover. A second later, Flattop hits Blake as Blake overthrows Sargie. See more »


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Football comedy works, but does have a few kinks to go along with the kicks.
9 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

This was a rather good comedy sports movie featuring a college football team that basically gets hit hard with sanctions and such. I can not believe this film is so old, however. I was thinking this thing was made in 1995 or 96, but it came out in 91 while I was still in high school. The film actually predates Quantum Leap, a television show that features the star in this one Scott Bakula. Speaking of Scott, here is the case of a guy that just seems like he should of been a major star in Hollywood, but it just never materialized for him. He is great in this one as an older man who returns to college because he had to leave college prematurely the previous time. A coach in charge of rebuilding the football program recruits him as the team has few players and no real quarterback. The dean of the school is against the coach the whole way and is sort of the villain of the piece, but here is one of the kinks. I find it refreshing that a dean would want to focus on education rather than the gridiron. As much as I enjoy football, to often the educational program takes a backseat to a bunch of jocks who should not even be at the college except they are good at sports. Meanwhile, those who go to the school trying to pay their way and in the need of loans have to keep having their tuition raised to pay for things such as stadiums. Enough of my rant, the film is rather good, but is unbelievable. Suffice to say, there is no way a team that has so few players that some have to play offense and defense is going to compete against the number one team in the country. So just think of it as a Hollywood sports comedy, totally unrealistic, but worth a few laughs, unless of course it is Sinbad making the jokes.

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