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This film is the highest-grossing sports comedy of all time, while another Adam Sandler vehicle, The Longest Yard (2005), is the second highest-grossing sports comedy of all time.
As of 2010, this is Adam Sandler's highest-grossing film at the American box office.
The South Central Muddogs' stadium is the DeLand High School football field in DeLand, Florida. The school agreed to let the director use the field if he paid for the stadium to be refurnished after filming.
Henry Winkler's role as Coach Klein came about after he was mentioned in Adam Sandler's huge hit "The Chanukah Song," where Sandler sang about various Jewish or half-Jewish entertainers. Sandler said, correctly, that the actor who played "The Fonz" on Happy Days (1974) is Jewish, and Winkler was thrilled by the reference and contacted Sandler to tell him so. Sandler then decided to ask Winkler if he would read the script for the coach's role and then say if he wanted to take the part. Winkler did so and immediately signed on to the film.
When the film was released in November of 1998, it was preceded by the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Many Star Wars fans who were not fans of Adam Sandler paid the full admission price and sat through the trailer, then left the theater.
The Waterboy (1998) was the highest-grossing football/sports film of all time, before being beaten by The Blind Side (2009). Kathy Bates stars in both as well.
Kathy Bates was convinced to take the role of Helen "Mama" Boucher by her niece, a longtime fan of Adam Sandler.
Most of the extras playing fans at the Bourbon Bowl are UCF students.
The inspiration for this movie is a combination of Adam Sandler's song "The Lonesome Kicker," "Canteen Boy," and the "Cajun Man" sketches from Saturday Night Live (1975).
There were two mules trained for this film, named Steve and Billy. The mule in the film is Steve. Steve would not "bray excitedly," so when a mule is heard, it is Billy braying.
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, granddaughter of silent screen star Harold Lloyd, filed a $50 million dollar lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company in 2000, claiming that this movie was plagiarized from Lloyd's silent film classic The Freshman (1925). By 2002, the courts had ruled against her.
This was the final acting role of Jerry Reed.
During an interview with ESPN, LaVar Arrington (LB New York Giants) mentioned that in preparation for his role in the movie, Adam Sandler had visited him at Penn State to watch him practice.
This is the third movie where Adam Sandlers characters love interest, Vicki Vallencourt, has the initials V.V. After Veronica Vaughn in Billy Madison and Virginia Venit in Happy Gilmore
The climactic Bourbon Bowl scene was filmed at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. However, the flyover shown in the film is actually of Williams-Brice stadium at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
In the German version of this film, Adam Sandler is not dubbed by Dietmar Wunder as usual. Instead, the German Disney subsidiary used comedian Matthias Knop to perform the dubbing. At the time, Knop was successful with his character "Super-Ritchie" (a kind of extremely dumb-minded version of Superman) and he performed the dubbing in the same manner of speech as his "Super-Ritchie" character. The film was widely panned by critics and audiences alike and the dubbing is regarded as one of the worst in history.
Captain Insano, the pro wrestler that Bobby idolizes in the film, is played by Paul Wight, a pro wrestler who wrestled in WCW before it was bought out by the WWE in 2001.
The cheerleaders and outfits in the film were donated by Boone High School in Orlando, Florida.
One of the sports headlines reads, "S.C.L.S.U. UPSETS LOUISVILLE 5 - 0." However, the only way to score five points in football is to get a field goal (three points) and a safety (two points). The headline implies that the only two players to score in that game would have been Bobby and the kicker, Derek Wallace, who was the only player who never picked on Bobby.
The tattoo on Vicki Valentines left arm is an occult symbol for water. It's blue which is associated with water. Also, the left side of the body is associated with love. Thus, it could symbolize "love of water".
The film is included on the film critic Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list.
Adam Sandler favorite classic movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz. Fairuza Balk who played Vicky also played Dorothy in the sequel Return to Oz.
When Bobby, mama Boucher & Vicky are at the barbecue, mama Boucher says before leaving, "Now you come on inside 'fore that little ol' witch cast a spell on you." Vicky (Fairuza Balk) played a witch casting spells in the movie "The Craft" two years prior (1996).
Coach Red Beaulieu's last name is French and literally translates to "beautiful place" in English.
The first of many Adam Sandler movies to feature Rob Schneider.
Henry Winkler's first appearance in an Adam Sandler movie.
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The first of many Adam Sandler movies to reach $100 million at the US box office.
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Frank Coraci: Bobby's father, Robert.

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