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The Program (1993)

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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 long as they keep producing on the field, he and the college will overlook almost any obnoxious behavior the boys can perpetrate to the limit of their ability.

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Cast

James Caan
as Coach Sam Winters
Halle Berry
as Autumn Haley
Omar Epps
as Darnell Jefferson
Craig Sheffer
as Joe Kane
Kristy Swanson
as Camille Schaeffer
Abraham Benrubi
as Bud-Lite Kaminski
Duane Davis
as Alvin Mack
Jon Maynard Pennell
as Bobby Collins
Joey Adams
as Louanne
J.C. Quinn
as Joe's Father
Andrew Bryniarski
as Steve Lattimer
J. Leon II Pridgen
as Ray Griffen
Mike Flippo
as Coach Humes
Ernest Dixon
as Coach Clayton
George Rogers
as Coach Myers
George Nannerello
as Advisor Smith
Jeff Portell
as Reporter #1
Jim Fyfe
as Nichols
Bernard Mixon
as Reverend Wallace
Mary Lou Holloway
as Alvin's Mother
Steven Griffith
as Joe's Brother
Robert Fuller
as Tim Waymen
Lynn Swann
as Himself
John Bennes
as Edward Learnihan
Robert D. Raiford
as Chancellor Wilson
Chris Berman
as Himself
George Lee
as Fat Cat Alumnus
Rhoda Griffis
as Reporter #3
Tim Parati
as Steroids Dealer
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Critic Reviews for The Program

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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

January 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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…
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
New York Times
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The Program is a mish-mash of cliches.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

As noisy and ludicrous as all this sounds, the movie does have its share of guilty pleasures. Like the kid on steroids, it's revved so high that it's out of control.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

One might want to consider wearing a helmet while watching.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Program

½

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.

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