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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... See more »

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Sam Winters
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Autumn Haley
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Darnell Jefferson
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Joe Kane
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Camille Shafer
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Bud-Lite Kaminski
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Alvin Mack
Jon Pennell ...
Bobby Collins (as Jon Maynard Pennell)
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Louanne (as Joey Adams)
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Joe's Father
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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
George Rogers ...
Coach Myers
Bernard Mixon ...
Reverend Wallace
Mary Holloway ...
Alvin's Mother
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Joe's Brother
George Nannarello ...
Advisor Smith
Jason Byce ...
Athletic Director Howard
Mindy Bell ...
Sharon Braver
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Nichols
Jason Jenks ...
Alvin's Tutor
Bob Neal ...
Brad Harvey
Albert Haynes ...
Mississippi Tailback
Andre Farr ...
Mississippi Tackle
Jed Oldenburg ...
History T.A.
Lynn Swann ...
Himself
Bo Schembechler ...
Himself
Robert Fuller ...
Tim Waymen
Al Wiggins ...
Mr. Haley
Lynelle Lawrence ...
Leslie
Julia Miller ...
Debbi
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Debbi's Boyfriend (as Patrick Smith)
Dan Hannafin ...
Regent Chairman
Charles Portney ...
Richard Fowler
John Bennes ...
Edward Learnihan
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Charles Shane
Deanna Perry ...
Rehab Nurse
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Steroids Dealer
Robert D. Raiford ...
Chancellor Wilson
George Lee ...
Fat Cat Alumnus
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Himself
Leslie Broucker ...
Trainer
Roger Bright ...
E.S.U. Doctor
J. Don Ferguson ...
Referee
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Reporter #3
Steve Zabriskie ...
Himself
John R. Murphy ...
History Professor
Robert Hook ...
Trainer
Tracy Fowler ...
Orderly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Cranford ...
Football player (uncredited)
James Furey ...
ECU Sideline Equipment Boy (uncredited)
T.J. Healy II ...
Coach (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Jim Krist ...
Student (uncredited)
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Mississippi Linebacker (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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ESU Wide Receiver #88 (uncredited)

Directed by

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David S. Ward

Written by

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David S. Ward ... (written by) and
Aaron Latham ... (written by)

Produced by

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... producer
Duncan Henderson ... executive producer
Tom Rothman ... executive producer

Music by

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Michel Colombier

Cinematography by

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Victor Hammer ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Kimberly Ray
Paul Seydor

Editorial Department

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Gail DuFosse ... assistant editor (as Gail du Fossé)
Sharon Smith Holley ... assistant editor: film
Gloria Kaiser ... color timer
Jeremiah O'Driscoll ... assistant editor
Clay Rawlins ... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter
Frederick Wardell ... additional editor (as Fred M. Wardell)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Albert Brenner

Art Direction by

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Carol Winstead Wood

Set Decoration by

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Kathe Klopp

Costume Design by

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Tom Bronson

Makeup Department

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John R. Bayless ... makeup artist
Susan A. Cabral ... makeup department head
Vivian McAteer ... hair stylist
Rita Parillo ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Celia D. Costas ... unit production manager
Steven Tyler Sahlein ... post production executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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J. Tom Archuleta ... first assistant director: second unit (as Tom Archuleta)
Allan Graf ... second unit director (as Allan L. Graf)
Josh McLaglen ... first assistant director
Tom C. Peitzman ... second second assistant director (as Tom Peitzman)
Douglas A. Raine ... second assistant director

Art Department

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David B. Brenner ... construction coordinator (as David Brenner)
Chris Buchinsky ... illustrator
Thom Caraccio ... signwriter
Scott A. Carruth ... set dresser
Karen Ettline-Bloomer ... property assistant
Louis S. Fleming ... property master (as Lou Fleming)
Harold Fuhrman ... set designer
Matt Furginson ... leadman
Dale Gordon ... assistant construction coordinator
Tim Jackson ... construction foreman (as Timothy C. Jackson)
J. Luther Jones III ... greensman
Eric Luling ... set dresser (as Eric J. Luling)
Thomas C. Mentzer ... carpenter
Paul Oliver ... stand-by painter (as Paul W. Oliver)
Doug Petersen ... carpenter (as Doug Peterson)
Raymond Prado ... illustrator (as Ray Prado)
John Sanders ... assistant property master
Paul Stanwyck ... head painter
Richard Whitney ... scenic artist
Steve A. Stephenson ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert J. Anderson Jr. ... sound mixer
Bobbi Banks ... adr editor
Beth Bergeron ... supervising adr editor
Jeffree Bloomer ... cable person
Robert Bradshaw ... sound editor (as Bob Bradshaw)
Fred Burke ... foley editor
Marc Deschaine ... adr assistant
Michael Dressel ... foley editor
Gordon Ecker ... sound editor
Todd Egan ... assistant sound editor
Dennis Fuller ... boom operator
David Gertz ... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika ... sound editor (as Hector Gika)
Laura Graham ... adr editor
Cynthia Haagens ... adr editor
Robert Heffernan ... adr editor (as Robert Hefferman)
Devon Heffley Curry ... adr editor (as Devon Curry)
Joseph Holsen ... sound editor
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer
Glenn Hoskinson ... sound editor
Kurt Kassulke ... re-recording mixer
John Kwiatkowski ... sound editor
Lee Lemont ... adr editor
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Ian MacGregor-Scott ... foley editor
Michael Miller ... re-recording projectionist
Rocky Moriana Jr. ... foley editor
James Moriana ... foley artist
Jay Nierenberg ... sound editor
Jeffrey Perkins ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Janelle Showalter ... adr assistant
Shawn Sykora ... supervising foley editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley artist
Richard E. Yawn ... supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

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Joe Digaetano ... special effects coordinator (as Joe Di Gaetano III)
Kathleen Tonkin ... special effects foreman
Robert Vazquez ... special effects foreman

Visual Effects by

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Luc G. Nicknair ... visual effects plate shots, director of photography (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Tim A. Davison ... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Randy Fife ... stunts
Cindy Folkerson ... stunts
Russell Friedenberg ... assistant stunt coordinator
Allan Graf ... stunt coordinator
Marian Green ... stunts (as Marion Green)
Steve Hart ... stunts
Gene Hartline ... stunts
Darren Lee Norris ... stunts
Peewee Piemonte ... stunts (as Richard Piedmonte)
Rex Pierson ... stunts
Lincoln Simonds ... stunts
Webster Whinery ... stunts
Michael Adams ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael F. Burke ... gaffer (as Michael F Burke)
David S. Campbell ... first assistant camera: second unit (as David Campbell)
Alan Cohen ... second assistant camera
Chuck Cohen ... director of photography: second unit (as Charles Cohen)
Blaise Dahlquist ... rigging gaffer (as Blaise R. Dahlquist)
Jeff Durling ... electrician
Michael A. FauntLeRoy ... first assistant camera (as Michael A. Fauntleroy)
Ken Finlay ... best boy
David Galbraith ... second assistant camera
Michael Gershman ... camera operator
John Gilchrist Jr. ... grip (as John E. Gilchrist Jr.)
Jeff Hand ... first assistant camera
Jimmy Harritos ... rigging electrician
Scott Herrick ... electrician
Alec Hirschfeld ... camera operator
Charles Laughon ... video playback operator
Edward W. Lowry ... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
Nick Nelson ... electrician
John Panuccio ... best boy grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Robert T. Prate ... rigging grip (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate ... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate Jr.)
P. Scott Sakamoto ... camera operator
Charles Seabrook ... grip
Barry Wetcher ... still photographer
Steve A. Stephenson ... rigging grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tona B. Dahlquist ... casting coordinator
Delicia Dunham ... extras casting assistant
Mark Fincannon ... casting: South Carolina
Tammy L. Smith ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Linda S. Cormany ... set costumer (as Linda Cormany)
K. Drew Fuller ... set costumer
Greg Hall ... set costumer
Deborah Latham ... costume supervisor (as Deborah A. Latham)
Keith G. Lewis ... set costumer
Tom Numbers ... costume supervisor (as Tom R. Numbers)

Location Management

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T.J. Healy II ... location manager
Sam Holland ... assistant location manager (as Sam T. Holland)
Richard Klotz ... location manager
Christopher Lee ... assistant location manager
Michael John Meehan ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... oboe
Michel Colombier ... orchestrator
Bruce Fowler ... orchestrator
Clark Germain ... scoring mixer
Dan Huff ... musician (as Dann Huff)
Tom Kramer ... music editor
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Patti Zimmitti ... music contractor
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Walt Freitas ... transportation co-captain
Michael D. Kuljis ... transportation co-captain (as Michael Kuljis)
Michael C. McEntyre ... transportation co-captain (as Michael R. McEntyre)
Russell McEntyre ... transportation coordinator
Wayne Stone ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Jill Balloun ... office production assistant
Melanie Bell ... assistant production coordinator (as Melanie E. Bell)
Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak ... production assistant
Leslie Broucker ... trainer: football players
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
Tona B. Dahlquist ... football coordinator
Mark Robert Ellis ... assistant football coach (as Mark Ellis)
Tommy Faircloth ... production assistant
Cindy Franke ... assistant: Mr. Henderson
Russell Friedenberg ... strength coach: actors
Fred Gabrielli ... caterer (as Alfred Gabrielli)
Allan Graf ... head football coach
Johnny Halloran ... film extra
Mackie Hayes ... football liaison: University of South Carolina
Thomas J. Healy IV ... craft service (as Thomas Healy IV)
Robert Hook ... equipment manager
Shannon Kane ... key assistant accountant (as M. Shannon Kane)
Mitch Kreindel ... unit publicist
Beth McElhenny ... production assistant
Julia Miller ... assistant: Mr. Ward
Jonise Misiewicz ... payroll accountant
Roger Parkinson Jr. ... assistant accountant (as Roger Parkinson)
Kelly Rubottom ... production assistant
Jacqueline A. Shea ... production coordinator
Suzanne Sherrill ... assistant: James Caan
Allen E. Taylor ... production accountant
Peggy Tison ... assistant accountant
Diana Ascher ... production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Rose ... caterer (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Pressure surrounds them. Competition divides them. Talent unites them. A story of what it takes to survive... See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Challenge - Die Herausforderung (Germany)
  • Lobos universitarios (Spain)
  • Програмата (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Út a csúcsra (Hungary)
  • Program (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The original release of the film contained a scene where several ESU players lay on the yellow dividing line of a busy local road as a test of their courage. When two young men were killed, and several others injured, by imitating the stunt, Buena Vista excised the scene from the film. No post-theatrical versions of the movie feature the sequence, leading many to speculate that the studio destroyed the actual camera negatives of the scene. However, the scene can be found on YouTube. See more »
Goofs The endzone design frequently changes colors from Maroon and Yellow to Red and Black. At one point "Carolina" appears visible (during the Michigan game) in the end zone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Good Son/The Program/A Bronx Tale/Bopha!/Dazed and Confused (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Good Things See more »
Quotes Joe Kane: Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner!
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