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Basic Football (1994)

BASIC FOOTBALL explains the game in a fast-paced, funny and very entertaining way. Using state-of-the-art graphics and animation, football clips and story-like segments, BASIC FOOTBALL will... See full summary »


Danny L. Drews




Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Host
Cindi Hodgkins Cindi Hodgkins ... Cindi
James Denton ... The Quarterback (as Jamie Denton)
Tommy Dallace Tommy Dallace ... Handsome Quarterback
Kurt Merrill ... The Teacher
Jack Bennett ... The Official
Edgar Bennett Edgar Bennett ... The Running Back, himself
Peter B. Spector Peter B. Spector ... The Punter
Margaret Pierson-Bates Margaret Pierson-Bates ... Faquita
Patrick Ross Patrick Ross ... The Kicker
Lori Minnetti Lori Minnetti ... Student #1
Melanie Burns Melanie Burns ... Woman #1
Mary Louise Frary Mary Louise Frary ... Woman #2
Sheri Williams Pannell Sheri Williams Pannell ... Woman #3
Harold Fager Harold Fager ... Guard #1


BASIC FOOTBALL explains the game in a fast-paced, funny and very entertaining way. Using state-of-the-art graphics and animation, football clips and story-like segments, BASIC FOOTBALL will turn any football novice into an educated, game-loving fan in less than an hour. Men, women and children of all ages will love BASIC FOOTBALL! Written by a football fan

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Learning about football has never been so much fun!







Release Date:

October 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Germantown, Wisconsin, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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A mostly great resource for teaching the sport!
7 January 2005 | by leczornSee all my reviews

Okay, I'm roaming through the $1 DVD bin AGAIN! And I see something football related! It didn't matter that after reading the synopsis on the back, I wasn't sure what kind of program it is! My simple equation is $1 DVD + football related = automatic buy! It didn't work out badly with "Coach of the Year" and it turned out to work even better with this! As it turns out, "Basic Football" is a humorous yet educational documentary that teaches the complex sport of American football in 44 minutes. I have no idea for whom it was made - home video, cable TV or other - but it looks very professional and, unlike the other $1 DVDs in my collection, the technical quality is excellent.

The film is hosted by Burt Reynolds, who in addition to his acting fame played running back for Florida State University and was drafted by the Baltimore (now Indianapolis) Colts. Reynolds appears in about half of the film and does a great job explaining football in a way that's equally humorous and educational.

Had the entire film featured Reynolds in that format, it would be an easy 10. But it's marred by three of the non-Reynolds segments. In those, a parole board interrogates a kicker and punter, questioning their value as football players, offensive linemen are verbally grilled by a female talk show audience and defense is taught in a college class. All three scenes have some funny moments but are too corny.

Also featured without Reynolds are several minutes of interviews with players that are well done.

Toward the end, a scene from the game in Reynolds' classic football movie "The Longest Yard" is shown.

All of the scenes, with and without Reynolds, are enhanced by dozens of clips from NFL and major college games, which give visual examples of the teachings. And Reynolds' scenes were all filmed at a perfect location, the University of Wisconsin's football stadium.

In conclusion, while this film could have been outstanding, it's still very good. It covers all of the major rules of football in very relatable ways. Most football fans will probably appreciate it and those who want to learn the game in a fun, quick and easy way will probably find it very helpful. 8/10.

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