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
Eliel Swinton ...
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Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler ...
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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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:

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

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ESP 8,749,775 (Spain) (13 July 2001)
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Trivia

The High School Fight Song played at the pep rally is the Texas A&M War Hymn. See more »

Goofs

Kilmer's grip on Mox's football helmet changes from underhand to overhand and back again. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: Congratulations.
Charlie Tweeder: Congratulations to you, too.
Police Officer: Congratulations for what?
Charlie Tweeder: For getting to wear such cute "mountme" hats.
Police Officer: Mount me?
Charlie Tweeder: Not right away. After a few drinks...
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Boom Boom Boom
Written by Robert Gilbert Hodges
Performed by The Iguanas
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A glimpse at Texas football!
29 July 1999 | by (Shawnee, OK) – See all my reviews

Having played football in West Texas for a 3-A dynasty team, this movie brings back the memories and the nightmares that a dynasty town can give. The scene with the convience store clerk giving Mox the beer is a regular thing as far as the players getting "special" treatment. The attitude of the players and coaches seem real. For a glimpse inside the fame Texas football attitude, this is the movie to watch!


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