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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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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 ...
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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 tail back. 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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24 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Challenge - Die Herausforderung  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,004,026
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The original release of the film contained a scene where several ESU players lay on the yellow dividing line of a busy local road as a test of their courage. When two young men were killed, and several others injured, by imitating the stunt, Buena Vista excised the scene from the film. No post-theatrical versions of the movie feature the sequence, leading many to speculate that the studio destroyed the actual camera negatives of the scene. However, the scene can be found on YouTube. See more »

Goofs

When Darnell meets Autumn in the library for a tutoring lesson, he isn't carrying the football. In the next shot of him, Darnell is seen with the football in his right arm. See more »

Quotes

Darnell Jefferson: Darnell Jefferson, tailback.
Ray Griffen: Ray Griffen, *starting* tailback.
Darnell Jefferson: I know, that's why they recruited me.
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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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Great Football Film.
25 September 2007 | by 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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