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The Program

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  • Actors: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Andrew Bryniarski, Craig Sheffer
  • Directors: David S. Ward
  • Writers: David S. Ward, Aaron Latham
  • Format: NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 3 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305428492
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,564 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Other reviewers have covered the accuracy of this movie better than I could so I will not attempt to comment in that respect. As a die-hard college football fan, I didn't see too many things that jumped out at me.
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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This film is supposed to be about the challenges faced by the stars of a college football team managed by a grizzled coach (James Caan). We're supposed to be getting a story that we never see, one that goes beyond the bright lights of a big game at some NCAA school. Instead, "The Program" is incredibly staged and obviously buys into the myth that is the glory of football. In a play-by-numbers script, we meet the brooding Heisman candidate, the token black payer, the smart girl he wants to impress, various jocks and the various faceless university officials who alternately try to have them expelled or protected. After some good games at the start off, emotional baggage and the pressure of being on the team get to the players and things go wrong. In the wake of a bad game, the team learns to mature in time for the final game. Though we see fights, cheating and date-rape - the kind of stuff that victimizes everybody else but our heroes (this flick never begins to wonder about poor shmoes who, while at least as intelligent as Caan's star players, nevertheless couldn't get into college, or couldn't compete there against essentially illiterate half-backs who could afford to have more intelligent students do their work and take their tests for them), the only characters given any attention are the players. Bar fights, cheating, rape and the great ends these guys will go to get past drug testing - pretty much tells you what these guys are like. But when the script doesn't really give you any characters but these, and shares their utter cluelessness about a world that exists beyond pro-ball, you've got to wonder how objective it can be.Read more ›
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When I first saw this money when I was in middle school or something I thought it was really good. It's still a good flick but more because it's just funny. Vladimir is just hilarious to me now and I can't see how any grown man takes him seriously. I love how he has barbells under his bed so he can get some curls in after he shoots up -- "No problem!" Personally I didn't like the game scenes but I'm pretty picky -- I did not think they were choregraphed well so if you watch/play a lot of football Omar Epps looks like a pretty bad running back. Other funny moments: Michigans quarterback after they win, "place at the table", just about the whole movie actually. Also the obligatory quarterback-throwback-pass confuses the defense, as usual -- they must not watch football movies! Still that said, it's a good flick, pretty exciting, and most people will like it.
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People have been critical of this film, but I'd like to talk about those of us who have played the game, been in the programs, and know that what this movie portrays is in many respects the truth nowdays in the business of college sports. The football action is some of the best that Hollywood has put on the bigscreen. My friends and I love this film, as it shows what we have lived. We sympothize with even the un-lovable charactors. Latimer does some terrible things in the movie but we know what pressure is like, the injury to the biggest bada$$ on the field hits close to home with any athlete, and keeping ones "edge" is convincing yourself that you are indestructable, invincible. The best football movie out there, still. Whoever says this movie doesn't hit home has never strapped it up and laid hat. Well worth the buy, need more on DVD!
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