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Tweeter
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Joe Harbor
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Collette Harbor
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Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
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Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell ...
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In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. Written by Steven Chea <schea@mail.utexas.edu>

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In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for strong language throughout, sexuality and nudity, and some substance abuse | See all certifications »

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£139,211 (UK) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

ESP 8,749,775 (Spain) (13 July 2001)
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The "New Tweeter Endzone Dance" is derived from the Ickey Shuffle, a touchdown dance innovated by Ickey Woods, running back for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1988-1991 See more »

Goofs

When the Coyotes are playing Wanesboro Broncos, visible in the background is a sign in the fence stating "Go Wildcats" which is the mascot of Elgin, Texas, where most of the movie was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Billy Bob: I sure do love that dog.
Mox: I think it's a pig.
Billy Bob: Yeah.
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Referenced in Varsity Blood (2014) See more »

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Written by John Philip Sousa
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Varsity Blues to put it simply, ROCKS!!!
7 July 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Out of all the MTV movies I've seen, "Varsity Blues" was definitely the best. It's cast did great acting and good portrayals of high school students and teachers. James Van Der Beek is just as good as the football jock as he is as movie buff Dawson on "Dawson's Creek". There is about an F word every 2 minutes and close up scenes of breasts, so this movie is not for kids. I'd say 14 and up. All out good teen movie. I would recommend it strongly.


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