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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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Kyle Moxon
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Chet McNurty
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Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell ...
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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In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose. See more »

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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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£139,211 (UK) (10 September 1999)

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ESP 8,749,775 (Spain) (13 July 2001)
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All the beer in the movie, though it appears to be Budweiser, is actually just labeled "Beer". However, in the barbecue scene you can clearly see that the can Lance's father puts on his head is labeled "Lonestar," an actual beer that is popular in Texas. See more »

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When Billy Bob is shooting old football trophies the first one he shoots doesn't match the one he had in his hand. The one in his hand is of a person and the one that is thrown on the ground and shot is of a football. Then a moment later the one that was just shot ends back up in Billy Bob's hand. See more »

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Bud Kilmer: The hard work of so many, sacrificed by the disrespect of few.
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Predictable but Good!
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Varsity Blues is a very predictable football drama that is very similar in tone and style to 2004's Friday Night Lights. While I like that film better, this is not a bad film at all. I was still able to root for and against some characters. This movie does a good job at holding my attention and bringing back some good high school memories.

Brian Robbin's film is about a Texas football team in the town of West Canaan. After the star quarterback is injured, the back up guy, Moxon is forced to deal with his relentless coach Kilmer, his disapproving girlfriend, and his football-loving parents while starting in his new role that is all strange for him.

The acting is pretty good. This is the first time I saw James Van Der Beek on film because I refuse to watch Dawson's Creek, but he does a pretty good job. Jon Voight gives a masterful performance as Kilmer and he just made me despise the character. Paul Walker does a good job and he does not even drive any cars!

Overall, this may be a clichéd sports film, but there are some subtle differences such as scenes involving whipped cream, religious little brothers, and a health teacher who is much more than that. Despite some flaws, I couldn't help but root for the Moxon kid. I rate this film 9/10.


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