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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

Writer:

W. Peter Iliff
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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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In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

On the trailer for this film there are several scenes that never appear in the movie. For example, there is a clip with Jules (Amy Smart) tells Mox (James Van Der Beek): "You woke up in the twilight zone....West Canaan, sex, and football. That's all there is." Another scene where a girl in the pep-rally asks Lance (Paul Walker) to sign her buttocks also never appears. 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

Jonathon "Mox' Moxon: Now, we go out there and we half-ass it because we're scared, all we're left with is an excuse. We're always gonna wonder. But, we go out there and we give it absolutely everything... that's heroic. Let's be heroes!
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Spoofed in The Mindy Project: The Other Dr. L (2013) See more »

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Same Old Feeling Feeling
by Doodle Owens, Russ Roberts and Christie Freel Speer
Performed by Tim Buppert
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good

Voight helps guide this ship and the young cast are surprisingly up to the challenge of being in his presence. The film is a little mixed early on as it flirts with teenage humour, but it course corrects later. The film is better when it deals with the competitive nature of sport in small towns. The final third of this movie is the best part and saves an odd film narrative from being completely overshadowed by teenage cheap humour.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,204,148, 17 January 1999

Gross USA:

$52,894,169

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,294,169
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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