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The Program (1993)

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Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

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David S. Ward
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Sam Winters
Halle Berry ... Autumn Haley
Omar Epps ... Darnell Jefferson
Craig Sheffer ... Joe Kane
Kristy Swanson ... Camille Shafer
Abraham Benrubi ... Bud-Lite Kaminski
Duane Davis ... Alvin Mack
Jon Pennell Jon Pennell ... Bobby Collins (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
Joey Lauren Adams ... Louanne (as Joey Adams)
J.C. Quinn ... Joe's Father
Andrew Bryniarski ... Steve Lattimer
Leon Pridgen Leon Pridgen ... Ray Griffen (as J. Leon Pridgen II)
Michael Flippo Michael Flippo ... Coach Humes (as Mike Flippo)
Jeff Portell Jeff Portell ... Reporter #1
Ernest Dixon Ernest Dixon ... Coach Clayton
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Storyline

A college football coach is told by his bosses that unless they do better this season it could be his last. To bolster the team he recruits a talented tail back. A female student is assigned to help him assimilate with college life and that includes doing his studies because he spent his whole life just playing football. And he finds himself attracted to her and she already has a boyfriend who is also on the team but he might be more concern about losing his position than losing her to him. And the coach has to deal with his other players' situations like the team's quarterback who deals with his father being distant by drinking and it eventually gets him in trouble. And one of the team's defensive players is obviously using steroids but passes the drug tests. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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From Different Worlds They Come To Prove Themselves In The Gritty World Of College Football. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bobby Collins' name came from the former head coach at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Coincidentally, he was the coach during the time SMU's football program was brought down by severe NCAA sanctions that led to the "death penalty". See more »

Goofs

Several instances of unsportsmanlike conduct overlooked by the referees, i.e. Lattimer's tearing off the helmet of the opposing quarterback in the first game. See more »

Quotes

Alvin Mack: Hey Bud is it true, Joe's out four fuckin' games?
Bud-Lite Kaminski: Yea.
Alvin Mack: Shit, defense is gonna have to pitch shut-outs now...
[to Lattimer]
Alvin Mack: And you're gone for three? What the hell did you take that shit for?
Steve Lattimer: Nobody seemed to mind when I was laying people out!
Alvin Mack: Sh*t, I bust chops too, you don't see me all fu**ed up!
Steve Lattimer: Not everybody has your ability Alvin, you do what you do to play!
Alvin Mack: Well you ain't playin much now are ya?
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Alternate Versions

Some scenes show college students lying in a street in the middle of car traffic as a way to prove their courage. A few weeks after the film's release, the studio recalled all copies and deleted this sequence from the picture in response to public outrage, because a few teenagers had been injured or killed imitating this deadly game. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

House of Shame
Written by Alan Mirikitani
Performed by BB & The Screaming Buddah Heads
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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I liked it.
24 June 2000 | by lizard_k1ngSee all my reviews

During the course of high school and college, we always come across numerous stereotypes. The 'jock' stereotype is possibly the most recognized. This movie transcended that and only focused on the brotherhood and comradery that arises from playing an organised sport. Not only did I enjoy this movie to a great extent I thought it to be both hilarious and dramatic. I believed the quality of acting in this film to have been superb, as well as the football scenes.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Program See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,821,931, 26 September 1993

Gross USA:

$23,032,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,032,565
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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