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Varsity Blues (1999)

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A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writer:

W. Peter Iliff
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Van Der Beek ... Mox
Jon Voight ... Coach Kilmer
Paul Walker ... Lance Harbor
Ron Lester ... Billy Bob
Scott Caan ... Tweeter
Richard Lineback ... Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love Tiffany C. Love ... Collette Harbor
Amy Smart ... Julie Harbor
Eliel Swinton ... Wendell
Thomas F. Duffy ... Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
Jill Parker-Jones Jill Parker-Jones ... Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler Joe Pichler ... Kyle Moxon
Mark Walters Mark Walters ... Chet McNurty
Brady Coleman ... Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Murray (as James Harrell)
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Storyline

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. Written by Steven Chea <schea@mail.utexas.edu>

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It takes a hero to know what's worth winning. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for strong language throughout, sexuality and nudity, and some substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Varsity Blues See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,515,723, 17 January 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,885,587, 18 April 1999
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Darcy (Ali Larter) sports her whipped-cream-bikini, shaving cream was used. Whipped cream wouldn't stick right. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Bob and Tweeter rush the punter and Tweeter blocks the punt, the whistle can be heard blowing immediately after the blocked punt. By Federation rules, this would be an inadvertent whistle. The ball remains live after a blocked punt. See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: These kids there just running around wild these days. Them kids last night they stole a cop car.
Bar Man: NO?
Police Officer: Yes! And then they exposed theyselves!
Bar Man: Exposed theyselves?
Police Officer: Yes! They put them wieners on the glass at the Alano Club, while the ladies were rehearsing the Christmas pageant.
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Featured in I Love the '90s: Part Deux: 1999 (2005) See more »

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Are You Ready For the Fallout?
Written by Tony Scalzo
Performed by Fastball
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A glimpse at Texas football!
29 July 1999 | by Movie Hound VideoSee all my reviews

Having played football in West Texas for a 3-A dynasty team, this movie brings back the memories and the nightmares that a dynasty town can give. The scene with the convience store clerk giving Mox the beer is a regular thing as far as the players getting "special" treatment. The attitude of the players and coaches seem real. For a glimpse inside the fame Texas football attitude, this is the movie to watch!


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