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Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 27 September 1991 (USA)
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Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule.

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Stan Dragoti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Paul Blake
Hector Elizondo ... Coach Ed Gennero
Robert Loggia ... Coach Wally Rig
Harley Jane Kozak ... Dr. Suzanne Carter
Larry Miller ... Dean Phillip Elias
Sinbad ... Andre Krimm
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Carver Purcell
Rob Schneider ... Chuck Neiderman
Jason Bateman ... Jarvis Edison
Andrew Bryniarski ... Wyatt Beaudry
Duane Davis ... Featherstone
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Eric 'Samorai' Hansen
Marcus Giamatti ... Sargie 'Fumblina' Wilkinson
Kathy Ireland ... Lucy Draper
Andrew Lauer ... Charlie Banks
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Storyline

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a thirty-four-year-old quarterback, a female placekicker, and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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This gang of loners, loonies and losers are about to become something they've never been before. A team See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Necessary Roughness See more »

Filming Locations:

Azle, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,255,594
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As the prison players are boarding the bus, Evander Holyfield says, "I don't feel so good. I think I swallowed a finger". Years later, during a boxing match against Mike Tyson, Holyfield had part of his ear bitten off. See more »

Goofs

In the final game, when Andre Krimm knocks the football loose, #61 falls on the fumble. In the next shot, #50 is on top of the ball. See more »

Quotes

[Halftime of final game]
Coach Rig: Now, let's analyze what's been working for us.
[Long pause]
Coach Rig: NOT A GOD DAMN THING'S been working for us. Like this goddamn suit doesn't work for me... and this stinking tie... and this goddamned shirt. IT DOESN'T WORK FOR ME. YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAY WINNING HARD-NOSED FOOTBALL? YOU PLAY FOOTBALL LIKE ED GENERRO PLAYED FOOTBALL. A guy who gave his life for this football team. He was a 140-pound halfback, and HE PLAYED LIKE A GODDAMN WILDMAN! NO! LIKE A GODDAMN RAMPAGING BEAST!...
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 7 seconds to cut two of the film's three uses of strong language for a '12' rating. Video versions are uncut, and upgraded to a '15' rating. See more »

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fine silly little sports movie
2 February 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The Texas State University Fighting Armadillos face NCAA sanctions after multiple infractions. The old players are all expelled and the old coaches fired. Carver Purcell (Fred Dalton Thompson) hires coach Ed Gennero (Hector Elizondo) to run a clean program with no pressure to win. Gennero talks defense coach Wally Rig (Robert Loggia) to join him. There are no scholarships and the players have to be actual students. Wally asks former high school star Paul Blake (Scott Bakula) to try out. Dean Phillip Elias (Larry Miller) doesn't like the football program. Joining the team is rich boy Jarvis Edison (Jason Bateman), receiver Featherstone who can't hold on to the ball, Eric 'Samorai' Hansen and soccer player Lucy Draper (Kathy Ireland). Blake falls for Dr. Suzanne Carter (Harley Jane Kozak) who turns out to be his professor. Andre Krimm (Sinbad) is the celestrial mechanics professor and former football player who Blake gets to join the team. It's a silly little sports movie in the vein of Major League. It's got the zany cast of characters. It's got the evil dean. This one even has a girl on the team and Kathy Ireland makes for a very cute football player. Bakula is terrific as the old weary freshman. Rob Schneider is actually funny when he's doing commentary. It's very formulaic but that's what these movies are.


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