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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Winters
... Autumn Haley
... Darnell Jefferson
... Joe Kane
... Camille Shafer
... Bud-Lite Kaminski
... Alvin Mack
Jon Pennell ... Bobby Collins (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
... Louanne (as Joey Adams)
... Joe's Father
... Steve Lattimer
Leon Pridgen ... Ray Griffen (as J. Leon Pridgen II)
Michael Flippo ... Coach Humes (as Mike Flippo)
Jeff Portell ... Reporter #1
Ernest Dixon ... Coach Clayton
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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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Pressure surrounds them. Competition divides them. Talent unites them. A story of what it takes to survive... See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Challenge - Die Herausforderung  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,004,026
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Trivia

Abraham Benrubi and Omar Epps appeared on the television show ER (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Camille jump over the cliff on the motorcycle, Camille's skirt billows up, revealing her buttocks. When the motorcycle lands, her skirt is tucked under the seat. See more »

Quotes

Joe Kane: Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner!
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Soundtracks

If You Don't Know Me by Now
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes)
Courtesy of Sony Music
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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greatest hits of college football problems
2 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Eastern State University football coach Sam Winters (James Caan) is under pressure after a second year unable to get into a bowl game. His quarterback Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer) is dealing with an alcoholic father and a Heisman campaign. He falls for tennis player Camille Shafer (Kristy Swanson). The big recruiting effort is tailback Darnell Jefferson (Omar Epps) and they use female student Autumn Haley (Halle Berry) as the lure. Once in school, he finds that she already has a boyfriend who is the starting tailback. Alvin Mack promises to buy his mother a house counting on signing an NFL contract. Andrew Bryniarski is the muscle-bound lineman found using steroids and attacking a girl.

This seems like a greatest hit of college football scandals. The scattered approach leaves this problematic. I don't have a big problem with any of the stories but none of them really takes the lead. Sheffer isn't compelling enough to be the star. Omar Epps comes close to be star material and it would be interesting to have him as the lead character. There are just too many main story material.


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