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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.

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Brian Robbins

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W. Peter Iliff
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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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

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Top Notch Restaurant is a real restaurant located in Austin, Texas. It was also seen in Dazed and Confused (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the daytime helicopter shot, all of the film and light trucks are visible. They are parked all around the stadium and are very obvious. See more »

Quotes

Mox: Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime, but I don't want your life!
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.34 (2015) See more »

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Are You Ready For the Fallout?
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Performed by Fastball
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It has a great message
7 February 2006 | by SunnyAngel923See all my reviews

If you can get through all of the teenage humor, there is a really great message for high school students in this movie. At the end of the movie, James Van der Beek's character gives a great speech about being a teenager and that it is important to remember that. I think that this was similar to the speech that Patrick Dempsey's character gave in "Can't Buy Me Love". I use it when teaching my students how important it is to be that, a student, not an adult. If you have never seen it, I recommend that you watch it, just remember, the teenage stuff is not as important as the message it sends out. It is important to be yourself. Enjoy life, it happens too quickly.


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