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Varsity Blues (1999)

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

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Mox
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Coach Kilmer
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Tweeter
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Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love ...
Collette Harbor
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Julie Harbor
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Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
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Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
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Murray (as James 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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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)

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$17,515,723 (USA) (15 January 1999)

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$52,885,587 (USA) (16 April 1999)
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Ron Lester would later spoof his role as Billy Bob when he played Reggie Ray in Not Another Teen Movie (2001). See more »

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On Moxon's running touchdown, in the first series after he takes over from an injured Lance, Moxon hurdles a defender on the way to the end zone. In high school football, hurdling a defender is a penalty on the runner that would have negated the touchdown. See more »

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Coach Bud Kilmer: Your daddy was a no-talent pussy, but at least he listened!
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Excellent high school melodrama
3 July 1999 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

Good kids vs evil football coach. The only thing that can make such a movie watchable is memorable characters created by good actors, and here is where Varsity Blues succeeds. I love it when I go into a movie expecting to hate it and then end up enjoying it. Give this one a try.


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