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The Program (1993)

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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Juego peligroso  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$23,004,026 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andrew Bryniarski and Duane Davis played teammates in the movie Necessary Roughness (1991). See more »


There's no possible way Darnell Jefferson would be able to speak so clearly while having a mouthpiece in his mouth during the game against Michigan. See more »


Regent Chairman: This is not a football vocational school. It's an institute for higher learning.
Coach Winters: Yeah, but when was the last time 80,000 people showed up to watch a kid do a damn chemistry experiment? Why don't you stick the bow-tie up your ass?
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Great Football Film.
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great college football film. The cast clicked and the direction was outstanding. This film takes you behind the scenes as to what goes on in College Football. The politics, the drugs, the drinking, the pressure involved, and just the work ethic and what it takes to be a good Football team. Great value as far as the locations, the football games seemed so real, with the crowds, very convincing movie. I loved it all the way around. If people dislike this movie, it is probably due to wishing their doing better things with their lives. I agree with a comment, this is one of the best football films of the 90's. Without a doubt. Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

Great performances by Caan, Berry, Epps, and most of the others.

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