Follow the lives of a group of young athletes who come together from different worlds to pursue a dream in THE PROGRAM, an inside look at the gritty, action-packed world of Top 10 college football. Full of excitement and hard-hitting action, it's the ultimate story of what they must do to fight the pressure, face the pain, and survive intercollegiate football. Talent unites them, competition divides them, and their demanding coach (James Caan, THE GODFATHER, MICKEY BLUE EYES, ERASER) stands by them, even when they fall. Also starring Halle Berry (2001 Best Actress, MONSTER'S BALL, SWORDFISH, X-MEN), Craig Sheffer (A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT), and Kristy Swanson (DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?) -- you'll catch the excitement of football season year-round when you grab this big-screen winner today!
This is the movie blamed for encouraging college kids (and others) to lie down on the painted divider between lanes of highway traffic. (Incredibly, the studio pulled the film in its opening weeks and deleted the allegedly offending scene.) James Caan plays a football coach under tremendous pressure from his university's sports program to come up with a winning team. The story focuses on the fallout of that pressure on the lives of several players and the program itself. It's all rather flat and TV-movie-like, and because there is an emphasis on issues instead of characters, the actors work doubly hard to bring dimension to their stock roles. On the plus side, the cast is largely composed of young actors who have come a long way since the film's release. --Tom Keogh
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