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The Program (1993)

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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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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Pressure surrounds them. Competition divides them. Talent unites them. A story of what it takes to survive... 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:

The Challenge - Die Herausforderung  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,004,026 (USA)
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Trivia

Kristy Swanson dyed her hair from the normal blonde color she normally wears See more »

Goofs

The endzone design frequently changes colors from Maroon and Yellow to Red and Black. At one point "Carolina" appears visible (during the Michigan game) in the end zone. See more »

Quotes

Alvin Mack: Hey 23, don't think I don't recognize you, you poo-butt motherfucker! Hey pay attention when I'm talking to you, nigga!
Mississippi Tailback: What?
Alvin Mack: You're the guy who shot my mother aren't you?
Mississippi Tailback: Shut up man, you know I never knew your mother.
Alvin Mack: You were trying to steal her car, you cocksucker. You didn't think I was going to find you nigga, but I got you now, nigga. I'm gonna bust your gut open and watch you die!
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Referenced in Workaholics: In the Line of Getting Fired (2011) See more »

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House of Shame
Written by Alan Mirikitani
Performed by BB & The Screaming Buddah Heads
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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greatest hits of college football problems
2 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Eastern State University football coach Sam Winters (James Caan) is under pressure after a second year unable to get into a bowl game. His quarterback Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer) is dealing with an alcoholic father and a Heisman campaign. He falls for tennis player Camille Shafer (Kristy Swanson). The big recruiting effort is tailback Darnell Jefferson (Omar Epps) and they use female student Autumn Haley (Halle Berry) as the lure. Once in school, he finds that she already has a boyfriend who is the starting tailback. Alvin Mack promises to buy his mother a house counting on signing an NFL contract. Andrew Bryniarski is the muscle-bound lineman found using steroids and attacking a girl.

This seems like a greatest hit of college football scandals. The scattered approach leaves this problematic. I don't have a big problem with any of the stories but none of them really takes the lead. Sheffer isn't compelling enough to be the star. Omar Epps comes close to be star material and it would be interesting to have him as the lead character. There are just too many main story material.


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