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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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Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love ...
Collette Harbor
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Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
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Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler ...
Kyle Moxon
Mark Walters ...
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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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)

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

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$52,885,587 (USA) (18 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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When Lance is hurt, medics simply lift his body to the stretcher which is downright dangerous and against everything they teach EMTs and Paramedics. First, the medics would have immobilized the hurt knee with a splint to prevent any further injury. Second, they would have rolled him on a backboard and secured him to it, then lift the backboard to the stretcher, also to avoid any further injury to the limb. See more »

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Coach Bud Kilmer: Cry me a river, you fat fucking baby!
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The Wayward Wind
Written by Herb Newman and Stanley Lebowsky
Performed by Tex Ritter
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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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