Stars: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 112 minutes
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
Hey Bud is it true, Joe's out four f***in' games?
Shit, defense is gonna have to pitch shut-outs now...
And you're gone for three? What the hell did you take that shit for?!
Nobody seemed to mind when I was laying people out!
Sh*t, I bust chops too, you don't see me all fu**ed up!
Not everybody has your ability Alvin, you do what you do to play!
Well you ain't playin much now are ya?
I don't know, its the battle, the going to war with the other guys, hanging together, having our own dorm, staying in hotels the night before the games, setting ourselves apart, being different than everybody else, having a chance to be somebody, to do something that people look up to you for, your strength, your courage, not everybody can play football.....were the lucky ones