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The Program

The Program (1993)

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50

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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Eastern State University isn't particularly notable for anything except its football program. Lately, even that hasn't been doing too well, and the athletic staff led by Coach Winters (James Caan) are under considerable pressure by the administration and alumni to bring in a winning season. To do that, he has to recruit some able, promising young players out of high school. It's not too surprising to learn that he will do almost anything to get these kids, and its even less surprising that, as

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David S. Ward, Aaron Latham

Mar 29, 2005

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Those are fairly standard story lines in a football movie, so that leaves the assorted relationship subplots, which frankly, are worse.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Most of the focus is on Sheffer, whose character is too enigmatic, while Epps , Berry and Swanson gamely try to pull for extra dramatic yardage but can't do much with their underwritten roles.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Program is a routine Joe College movie, with the added twist that Joe College is Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer), a prime contender for the Heisman Trophy.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Program is a mish-mash of cliches.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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One might want to consider wearing a helmet while watching.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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By the film's end, I found myself simultaneously hoping that ESU would win its big game, and that the school would pull the plug on its football program. I guess that's how I was supposed to feel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Hardly any shattering revelations here and certainly no blame-placing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Program is largely a compendium of football grievances mixed with soap opera high jinks.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Program

this film was huge with my friends upon its release but its themes were a little silly for me. really just a brainless football film for people who look for cheap tricks.
November 28, 2007
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    1. Coach Sam Winters: I used to be Sonny, remember?
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