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American football coach Chuck Dichter has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills, and is even confident to crown his career with a Super Bowl victory, but before the play-offs, an oyster ... See full summary »

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Robert Lieberman

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Jere Cunningham (story), Tom Flynn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Voight ... Coach Chuck Dichter
Gil Bellows ... Dan Heller
Teri Polo ... Connie Heller
Richard T. Jones ... Gerry Fullerton
Garcelle Beauvais ... Larissa Fullerton
George Eads ... Tommy Baker
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Lenny Voyles
Lamont Johnson ... Ernie Weathers
Ingo Neuhaus ... Randy Johnson
Shawn Woods ... Curtus Hooks
Evan Parke ... Jackie Mumms (as Evan Dexter Parke)
Nick von Esmarch ... Tim Hobbs
Mike O'Shea Mike O'Shea ... Jeff Vandevier
Goûchy Boy ... Carl 'Big Daddy' Harris (as Gouchy Boy)
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ... Bill Conners
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American football coach Chuck Dichter has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills, and is even confident to crown his career with a Super Bowl victory, but before the play-offs, an oyster food poisoning wipes out his first team for a month. Dan Heller, an insurance salesman and former college quarterback, who was hired, reluctantly, but his wife twisted his arm, just for practice, now has to captain and train a bunch of rookies and old-timers against the hardest adversaries. Dichter decides to sign up triple Super Bowl-winner Tommy Baker in Dan's place. Written by KGF Vissers

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She believed in him. Now he must believe in himself to lead the team to the Super Bowl.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del banquillo a la super bowl See more »

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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The eighth wonder of the movie world
20 December 2002 | by DumontFanSee all my reviews

In the year 2000 (keep in mind, this is two years ago, not four), two men had the motivation to create the most miraculous piece of art on this side of the Mississippi.

Thanks to Jere Cunningham and Tom Flynn, the world can now enjoy Second String, a delicious TV movie depicting a tale of a rag-tag gang of second stringers (thus the title) who are thrust into the position of starters due to an order of bad oysters.

Because of the motivational direction of both the director Robert Lieberman and the Buffalo Bills' last minute QB, Dan "Give 'em hell" Heller (portrayed by Canadian actor, Gil Bellows) the oft Super Bowl snake-bitten Bills find themselves in the ultimate position.

With an intriguing mix of internal and external conflict, a love story, comraderie that only the fine sport of football can bring, and an overall theory that the underdog can compete, Second String is an excellent movie worthy of viewing every possible moment that it appears on TNT.

The only thing potentially bad about this production is the spelling of the Costume Designer's first name, Jenifur Jarvis.


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