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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The movie takes us through one season of college football at a fictional school called "Eastern State University". But unlike most directional schools, this one seems to be some kinda good at football.
Mostly, the action centers around the lives of the star quarterback, a Heisman candidate, and the highly recruited true freshman tailback.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much. ... I thought it might be something neat to watch. I was very surprised that it turned out to be good.
Here's a few thoughts:
* The movie is rated R, but it could easily have been PG or even G if not for the gratuitous use of profanity.
* I kinda wondered if this is supposed to be the University of Georgia. They finish their season with Georgia Tech and there is a banner that says "SEC" hanging in some shots. Although the banner could be there just because nobody bothered to take it down - when they show a wide shot of the stadium, it looks like South Carolina's stadium.
* The logic doesn't quite work out with what they needed to do for a bowl game. By 1993, the bowl alliance system had started and by winning their conference, they were already assured of going to an alliance bowl regardless of what happened with GT.
* There is one play where a defensive player sacks the QB to end the game. But he does so by ripping off the poor guy's helmet. Rules have changed a little in the last ten years, but I'm pretty sure that was still illegal then.
Overall, it's a good movie for a college football fan. The plot is a bit cheesy, but a college football fan can enjoy it anyway.
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One of the greatest football movies of our time. gritty 7 relatable.
Great performances & direction
It' s not my favorite movie but it isn't bad either. Football fan.. there are some better movies about football.Published on Jan. 10 2014 by Greyg
nice football movie
i recommand this movie james caan play well
it's a good life lessons for the kid .
i still liked it.i just felt that ...Nights had a stronger story,and i
was more emotionally involved.i also found the characters mote
compelling. Read more
This is an excellent movie for football fans. It is the most realistic football movie I have seen. The Program is a most believable depiction of college football and college life... Read morePublished on April 28 2004
The Program is, in my opinion as a former football player, the best football movie of all time. I used to watch it to get worked up for a game. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by John D. Townsend
If you look through the other 39 reviews, the majority are 5 star ratings and that's all you need to know!!
Excellent movie from start to finish. Read more
I never thought I'd watch a movie about jocks (I'd rather just watch them play) and enjoy it. But "The Program" wasn't so much about jocks, per se, as about... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002 by Qit el-Remel
This is simply the best am. football movie that's been made so far! It is a great movie, with excellent performances buy the actors that show college life for "jocks"... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2002