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The Program (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  24 September 1993 (USA)
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Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

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Joe Kane
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Camille Shafer
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Bud-Lite Kaminski
Duane Davis ...
Alvin Mack
Jon Pennell ...
Bobby Collins (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
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Louanne (as Joey Adams)
J.C. Quinn ...
Joe's Father
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Ray Griffen (as J. Leon Pridgen II)
Michael Flippo ...
Coach Humes (as Mike Flippo)
Jeff Portell ...
Reporter #1
Ernest Dixon ...
Coach Clayton
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Storyline

A college football coach is told by his bosses that unless they do better this season it could be his last. To bolster the team he recruits a talented wide receiver. A female student is assigned to help him assimilate with college life and that includes doing his studies because he spent his whole life just playing football. And he finds himself attracted to her and she already has a boyfriend who is also on the team but he might be more concern about losing his position than losing her to him. And the coach has to deal with his other players' situations like the team's quarterback who deals with his father being distant by drinking and it eventually gets him in trouble. And one of the team's defensive players is obviously using steroids but passes the drug tests. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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From Different Worlds They Come To Prove Themselves In The Gritty World Of College Football. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego peligroso  »

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$23,004,026 (USA)
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Trivia

Bobby Collin's name came from the former head coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Coincidentally, he was the coach during the time SMU's football program was brought down by severe NCAA sanctions that led to the "death penalty." See more »

Goofs

Coach Winters picks up Darnell Jefferson's helmet twice after he is hurt in the team's first practice See more »

Quotes

Coach Winters: Alright, this is Mississippi State's offensive set. Second and two on our own 24, what defensive set might we call?
Alvin Mack: Eagle Zipper Hero, unless the setback shifts into the I.
Coach Winters: Good
[clicks to next slide]
Coach Winters: , third and seven?
Alvin Mack: Oakie Thunder Lion.
Coach Winters: What's your assignment?
Alvin Mack: Kill the quarterback.
Coach Winters: [clicks to next slide]
Alvin Mack: Hit the tight end so hard his girlfriend dies.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare (1994) See more »

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Lay Down Your Love
Written by Mark Maeller and Andy Goldmark
Performed by Marc Nelson
Courtesy of Andy Goldmark Productions
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Put the women and children to bed...
15 April 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The Program is an extremely pumped up look at college football and at individual players on a college team. Speaking from experience as a college player, most of the things in this movie are grossly exaggerrated (no teammates I played with ever wanted me to spit in their mouth). However, there are a few revealing moments in this movie that capture life on a college football program. Standard performances, directing and screenplay are adequate in this film, but its true enjoyment will be by those who have participated in organized football, especially college. A rating of 7 out of 10 was given.


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