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Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 27 September 1991 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Blake
... Coach Ed Gennero
... Coach Wally Rig
... Dr. Suzanne Carter
... Dean Phillip Elias
... Andre Krimm
... Carver Purcell
... Chuck Neiderman
... Jarvis Edison
... Wyatt Beaudry
... Featherstone
Michael Dolan ... Eric 'Samorai' Hansen
... Sargie 'Fumblina' Wilkinson
... Lucy Draper
... Charlie Banks


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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27 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armadillo Bears - Ein total chaotischer Haufen  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)

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(At ten minutes and five seconds) When Coach Ed Gennero (Hector Elizondo) approaches Paul Blake (Scott Bakula), the sign on the fence reads, "Neckover Trailers PO Box 455, Troup, Texas 214-842-3107. The area code has since then changed to 903, so the phone number is now 903-842-3107 which is still in business, as of December 2015. See more »


When Blake leaves campus with Edison, they turn left out of the parking lot onto a road. That particular road, which runs beside the library, is one-way in the opposite direction. At the time of filming, the road was one-way as shown. The traffic flow was reversed some time after the film was released. See more »


Suzanne Carter: What are you doing here?
Paul Blake: Well, I'm kinda bleeding in your doorway. Can I come in?
Suzanne Carter: Sure. Didn't I tell you to wear a helmet?
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Fun football movie
5 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Necessary Roughness is a fun movie that if it isn't taken too seriously can be very enjoyable. The first to worst Texas State team finds itself with a team of mostly "non-athletes" that came about after the school held open tryouts. The entire championship team from the year before had been suspended for violations. Scott Bakula plays a competent lead as a middle aged college athlete. Sinbad adds some fun to the story as another "elder athlete". Kathy Ireland, while no actress, does add some eye candy to the film. I also like this film in that this rag-tag team does not reach the heights of being #1 or making it to a championship game. The "big game" of this film is when Texas State plays the the #1 ranked college team. The film has plenty of laughs, a touch of drama and competent script writing and players. Watch it on a Sunday afternoon when nothing else is on.

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