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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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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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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 »

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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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1.85 : 1
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In some of the game scenes Billy Bob is the Coyotes' right tackle, in others he is on the left side of the offensive line. This is possible if the team used an offensive scheme which 'flopped' the 'weak' and 'strong' sides of the line. See more »

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Coach Bud Kilmer: You got to be the dumbest smart kid I know.
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Surprisingly good!
8 April 2001 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

If someone checks out the trailer, one might think, "Another MTV-produced teen flick. I think I'll pass on that." Well, I went into the theater not thinking it was going to be bad, but I expected more of an amusing film that isn't really high on ingenuity. True, "Varsity Blues" has those standard teen elements like wild drinking parties, the school slut, etc. But it never overuses those elements. It's more of a compelling comedy-drama about football that delivers a fine message about sportsmanship. You have a pretty good idea how it's going to end up, but it's the way it's executed that makes it special. Jon Voight is absolutely terrific as the no-nonsense coach. He's the kind of character you want to stab in the chest every minute he's on screen, and Voight was a perfect choice. The film dabbles with elements of the sport that probably hit home to some high school football players. Voight's character has only one goal: winning. And he doesn't care how he gets to that goal. If he has to shoot drugs into every one of his players, he's going to arrive at that goal. And I'm sure there are coaches out there who have that selfish goal. Then James Van Der Beek comes along, and his character is not really concerned with winning or playing football in the first place. But he likes football, has fun with it and simply wants to play a good, honest game. If the team wins, good. If it doesn't, so what. He has a good locker room speech at the end of the movie.

"Varsity Blues" is funny, moving and wonderfully acted. It might appeal more to teens and young adults, more than the older ones, but I still suggest everyone check it out.


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