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Varsity Blues -- AT FIRST, backup quarterback Jonathan "Mox" Moxon (Van Der Beek) is nowhere close to being a football star. He's perfectly content to stay on the bench and out of the win-at-all-cost strategies of coach. But when the starting quarterback is injured, Mox is in the game...and in direct conflict with his hotheaded coach and girlfriend.


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Writer (WGA):
W. Peter Iliff (written by)
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15 January 1999 (USA) See more »
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In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team... See more » | Full synopsis »
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James Van Der Beek ... Mox

Jon Voight ... Coach Kilmer

Paul Walker ... Lance Harbor

Ron Lester ... Billy Bob

Scott Caan ... Tweeter

Richard Lineback ... Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love ... Collette Harbor

Amy Smart ... Julie Harbor
Eliel Swinton ... Wendell Brown

Thomas F. Duffy ... Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
Jill Parker-Jones ... Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler ... Kyle Moxon
Mark Walters ... Chet McNurty

Brady Coleman ... Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell ... Murray (as James Harrell)

Ali Larter ... Darcy Sears
Tonie Perensky ... Miss Davis

Jesse Plemons ... Tommy Harbor
Sam Pleasant ... Cashier
Timothy F. Crowley ... Coach Bates (as Tim Crowley)

Joe Stevens ... Young Deputy #1
Don Cass ... Young Deputy #2
James Michael O'Brien ... Brett

Mark Robert Ellis ... Referee (as Robert Ellis)

Robert Lott ... Middle Aged Fan (as Robert S. Lott)
Barry Switzer ... Bronco Coach

Mona Lee Fultz ... Old Miss Logan (as Mona Lee)
Kevin Reid ... Wilkes

Eric Jungmann ... Elliot
Laura Olson ... Teen Babe #1
Ryan Allen ... Teen Babe #2
Bristi Havins ... Cute Naked Girl
Jon Hyrns ... Bald Guy (as John Hyrns)
Rome Azzaro ... Young Father

Marco Perella ... Dr. Benton
Doyle Carter ... Doctor - Field
Tony Frank ... Clerk

Sue Rock ... Minnie
Olin Buchanan ... Reporter
David Williams ... Coyote Player

John Gatins ... Smiling Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Atwood ... Fan in Crowd (uncredited)
Stacy Bellew ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Stephanie Kay Carter ... Stadium Fan (uncredited)

Al Castellanos ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Sean Corrigan ... Fan (uncredited)
Brian Decaro ... Football Player (uncredited)

James Douglas ... Bronco Player (uncredited)
Cody Easterbrook ... Coyote Player (uncredited)
Michelle Fairbanks ... Student (uncredited)

Jessica Holcomb ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Christopher Meister ... Deputy at Game (uncredited)

Clark Moore ... Football Player (uncredited)
Rana Morrison ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Trevor Doyle Nelson ... Water Boy (uncredited)

Matthew Nicklaw ... Student in Classroom (uncredited)
Glenn Ortman ... Cooper (uncredited)
Romano Reyes ... Football Player (uncredited)
Mylinda Royer ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
Brad Schreiber ... Ellwood Football Player (uncredited)
David Sharp ... Coyotes Fan (uncredited)

Danny Trevino ... Football player (uncredited)

Andie Ximenes ... Trainer (uncredited)

Heath Young ... Strip Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Robbins 
Writing credits
W. Peter Iliff (written by)

Produced by
Elysa Koplovitz Dutton .... associate producer (as Elysa Koplovitz)
Herb Gains .... co-producer (as Herbert W. Gains)
David Gale .... executive producer
Ruben Hostka .... co-producer
Tova Laiter .... producer
Brian Robbins .... producer
Van Toffler .... executive producer
Michael Tollin .... producer (as Mike Tollin)
Martin Wiley .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Chuck Cohen (director of photography) (as Charles Cohen)
Film Editing by
Ned Bastille 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Bob Krakower 
Production Design by
Jaymes Hinkle 
Art Direction by
Keith Donnelly 
Set Decoration by
Tad Smalley 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... supervising makeup artist
Dino Ganziano .... hair stylist: Mr. Voight
Bryan Hebert .... supervising hair stylist
Sharon McDonald .... assistant hair stylist
Stephen B. Robinson .... assistant makeup artist (as Stephen Robinson)
Production Management
Herb Gains .... unit production manager (as Herbert W. Gains)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fortmuller .... first assistant director
John Gordon .... additional second assistant director
Franklyn Gottbetter .... second second assistant director (as Franklyn M. Gottbetter)
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Art Department
Curtis Akin .... property master
Don L. Carr .... property person (as Don Carr)
Lawrence Heyman .... set dresser
Robyn L. Jacobs .... set dresser (as Robyn Jacobs)
Jim Kanan .... lead scenic
Karen Luzius .... lead person
Christopher Martin .... lead greensperson
Ana Martinez .... art department coordinator
David McQuade .... property person (as Dave McQuade)
James Mize .... lead foreperson
Robert Tate Nichols .... foreperson
John Parker .... set dresser
Steven G. Paulk .... production painter (as Steven Paulk)
Raymond Raymond .... paint foreperson
Francis J. Roix .... propmaker
Robert K. Weinberger .... construction coordinator (as Robert Weinberger)
Steve Allen .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mark Hanks .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kenneth R. Rector .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Adam Short .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... supervising adr editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Noah Blough .... sound effects editor
Scott Curtis .... foley editor
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Ronald Eng .... sound effects editor (as Ron Eng)
Tammy Fearing .... foley editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Pamela G. Kimber .... assistant sound editor
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Courtenay Marvin .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montaño)
Jennifer Murphy .... sound mixer
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Ron Sistare .... boom operator
Thomas W. Small .... supervising foley editor (as Thomas Small)
Beth Sterner .... supervising sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Scott Streetman .... cable person
David Williams .... supervising dialogue editor
Jason England .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Stan Ginsel .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mike Szakmeister .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Jack Cruz .... stunts
Peter Gardere .... stunts
Robert Grogan .... stunts
Christopher Lucas Leaman .... stunts
Ben Loggins .... stunts
Clint Small .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator (as Russel Towery)
Erik Aude .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cruz .... stunt double: Ron Lester (uncredited)
Mitchell Dean .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Basquette .... video assist operator
Sarah Bowman .... film loader: "b" camera
David Brink .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera
Joe Chess .... Steadicam operator
Joe Chess .... camera operator
Scott Fawley .... second company grip
Gerrit Garretsen .... dolly grip
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit
Mark A. Lindsay .... chief lighting technician (as Mark Lindsay)
Greg Lomas .... second company rigging grip (as Gregory Lomas)
Glenn E. Moran .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Glenn Moran)
Rob Morey .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera (as Robert Morey)
P.K. Munson .... second assistant photographer
Darryl Murchison .... rigging chief lighting technician
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial director of photography
Beth Puorro .... film loader
Maricella Ramirez .... Steadicam assistant (as Marcella Ramirez)
Ralph Scherer .... first company grip
Orly 'Sonny' Stires .... camera operator: "b" camera
Angelo Louis Suasnovar Jr. .... first company rigging grip (as Angelo Suasnovar)
Ron Vargas .... first assistant photographer
Bobby Bastarache .... electrician (uncredited)
Steven A. Guerrero .... grip (uncredited)
Adam Harrison .... electrician (uncredited)
Stephen Ritchey .... grip (uncredited)
Peter D. Roome .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Wally Rowell .... electrician (uncredited)
Jas Shelton .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Dawn Anderson .... casting assistant
Barbara Brinkley .... location casting
Toni Cobb Brock .... location casting (as Toni Cobb)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting
Dayna Polehanki .... casting associate
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
Chad Keller .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Edwards .... costume supervisor
Nina Proctor .... costumer
Caroline Pruet .... supervising set costumer
Roric Ruegsegger .... wardrobe technical advisor
Jessica Fasman .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... assistant film editor
Travis Harrison .... apprentice film editor (as Travis G. Rendich)
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Andrew Seklir .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Gary Calamar .... co-music supervisor
Bobby Collins .... music licensing
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Thomas Golubic .... music coordinator
Janice Hayen .... music preparation
Stephen Krause .... music mixer
Stephen Krause .... music recordist
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Helena Lea .... music editor
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Denise Carver .... music clearances (uncredited)
Art Ford .... music consultant (uncredited)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist (uncredited)
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dwight Cary .... transportation co-captain (as Dwight 'Curly' Cary)
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
Lonnie Nelson .... transportation captain
Phil Schriber .... transportation coordinator
Russell E. Scott .... picture cars (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Angel .... production assistant
Sharla S. Bridgett .... assistant: Mr. Robbins (as Sharla Sumpter)
Tod Campbell .... production assistant
Dominic Cancilla .... assistant production coordinator
Jeremie Day .... assistant: Mr. Tollin
Mark Robert Ellis .... football coordinator (as Mark Ellis)
Sara Flamm .... assistant: Mr. Gains
Cliff Fleming .... aerial coordinator
Kristi Fleming .... production assistant
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor (as Pam Vasquez)
Courtney Harrell .... production assistant
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant
Frank Hinkel .... production assistant (as J. Frank Hinkel)
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... production assistant (as Don Howe)
Joey Hudgins .... production assistant
Crystal Keith .... production assistant
Kelly Kernan .... assistant location manager (as K.J. Kernan)
Tamara Klindt .... production assistant
Ken Lewin .... location manager
Cindy Lindauer .... set teacher
Linda Mims .... craft service
Elton Moy .... craft service
Carla Nowlin .... production assistant
Scott Perez .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Bronwyn Preston .... publicist
David Rosenblatt .... production assistant
Momita Sengupta .... production liaison
Kerri Smeltzer .... production assistant
Joe Stevens .... dialect coach
Miker Stovall .... production assistant (as Miker Stoualc)
Lisa Swain .... production coordinator
Ruhi Zandra .... production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services (uncredited)
Anne Carr .... additional medic (uncredited)
Marie Elder .... production accountant (uncredited)
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator (uncredited)
Katy Genovese .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Tina Kerr .... crowd promotions (uncredited)
Laura King .... construction medic (uncredited)
Catherine Middleton .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical services (uncredited)
Rana Morrison .... location assistance (uncredited)
Josh Price .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dawn Robinette .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Joshua J. Smith .... production secretary (uncredited)
Cathy Twigg-Blumel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeanine Wilson .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong language throughout, sexuality and nudity, and some substance abuse
106 min | Germany:100 min
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Cameo: [Mark Robert Ellis]the football coordinator for the film plays the referee during the West Canaan vs. Gilroy Game.See more »
Continuity: Kilmer's grip on Mox's football helmet changes from underhand to overhand and back again.See more »
Coach Bud Kilmer:You got to be the dumbest smart kid I know.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Varsity Blues tells the story of a high school in a small town in Texas, where football is king., 19 June 2002
Author: Chris Brown ( from Fresno, CA USA

I'm sure we've all known of, or at least heard of places, where nothing is bigger than high school football. The starting quarterback runs the town, the coach is considered a God (as long as he's winning), and the parents all live vicariously through their children. And most of the time, the kids actually playing football love the game too. But in the small town of West Caanan, the kids are running rampant, and the coach (Jon Voight) doesn't care.

James Van Der Beek stars as Jonathon Moxon (Mox), the backup quarterback of the high school football team. And he's happy with his situation. He gets to sit on the sidelines and read, hang out with the cool kids, and basically just wait until he can get out of this one horse town and head off to Brown University. But one day he sees the coach injecting pain killers into the knee of the starting quarterback. Then one of his best friends, Billy Bob, seems to have a concussion, but the coach makes him play. When the starting QB goes down, Mox is handed the team and is forced to decide whether to be the King of West Caanan, or to live his life the way he wants it to be lived.

I guess it wasn't a bad movie. The football scenes were done extremely well, and I generally liked the people I was supposed to like, and didn't like the people I wasn't supposed to like. But the movie lacked a certain focus. There were too many other things going on that didn't seem to have anything to do with the movie. The whole stripper/teacher thing didn't do anything but make me think back to my high school years and realize I didn't want to see any of those teachers naked. Then there was the black running back who claimed that the coach was a racist. He said that whenever they got near the goal line, the coach would always give the ball to a white guy so he could soak up the glory. While that may have been true, there was nothing in the movie to show that the coach was a racist. The only thing in the movie that said he was a racist was the black player saying he was. The whole race issue seemed to be thrown in there just for the sake of having it, rather than serving any purpose.

Some of the characters were too stereotypical. Mox's girlfriend for instance. As soon as Mox became the starting QB, his life started to change. In the town of West Caanan, starting QB was a position of popularity. But instead of letting Mox enjoy himself, even for a second, she started telling him he had changed. I figured that was going to happen, but don't you think a girlfriend would allow her boyfriend to enjoy his moment in the spotlight for just a few minutes before telling him he's not the man she fell in love with? Jon Voight's character was another one. I never played high school football, so maybe that's the way a coach is, but actually willing to ruin a kids life by making him play with a serious injury? And actually choking another player? I thought that his character went a little too far. It made him look extremely bad when that point had already been made.

My last rant has to do with the character of Darcy. She was the cheerleader who was dating the starting QB. As soon as he got injured, she started hitting on Mox. When she finally got him to come over to her house, he resisted her. Then she broke down and cried, and Mox solved all her problems in a few seconds. Much too quick a resolution for her. But I must say, I'll never look at whipped cream the same way again.

Overall I did enjoy Varsity Blues. It was fun to watch, even though it had a lot of script problems. The actors seemed to be having fun with their roles, and that made the movie better. So even though it had a lot of problems, overall it was enjoyable. And now, I'm off to find some whipped cream.

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