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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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Camille Shafer
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Bud-Lite Kaminski
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Jon Pennell ...
Bobby Collins (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
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Louanne (as Joey Adams)
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Joe's Father
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Leon Pridgen ...
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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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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24 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Challenge - Die Herausforderung  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$23,004,026 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was filmed at the University of South Carolina and features their Williams-Brice Stadium, as well as locations around Columbia. See more »

Goofs

When Darnell and Autumn are arguing over why she didn't tell her father about him, Darnell turns around and the word "Why?" is heard in Darnell's voice, but his lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

Joe Kane: Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me by Now
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Sony Music
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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