Varsity Blues

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In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team…

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (21,235 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Brian Robbins

Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them.


James Van Der Beek


Jon Voight

Coach Kilmer

Paul Walker

Lance Harbor

Ron Lester

Billy Bob

Scott Caan


Richard Lineback

Joe Harbor

Tiffany C. Love

Collette Harbor

Amy Smart

Julie Harbor

Eliel Swinton

Wendell Brown

Thomas F. Duffy

Sam Moxon

(as Thomas Duffy)

Jill Parker-Jones

Mo Moxon

(as Jill Parker Jones)

Joe Pichler

Kyle Moxon

Mark Walters

Chet McNurty

Brady Coleman

Sheriff Bigelow

James N. Harrell


(as James Harrell)

In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose.

Release Date: 15 January 1999

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $16,000,000


Opening Weekend: $17,515,723
(17 January 1999)
(2121 Screens)

Gross: $52,885,587
(18 April 1999)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


On the DVD trailer for this film there are several scenes that never appear in the movie. For example, there is a clip with Jules tells Mox: "You woke up in the twilight zone….West Canaan, sex and football. That's all there is." Another scene where a girl in the pep-rally asks Lance to sign her ass also never appears.


During the speech before the final big game, the coach's collar switches from laying down to standing straight up.


Baby I got so excited thinking about next year and Florida state and the future, I think I need to be your wide receiver

Here baby

Well not "here" here, but somewhere here.

User Review

A pleasant surprise

Rating: 7/10

Since this is a teen-oriented film, I must confess that I wasn't expecting
this to be very entertaining. However, thanks to a generally intelligent
script and a great job by Jon Voight, this turned out to be surprisingly
good. As you would probably expect in a teen movie, there are some scenes
that seem juvenile and pointless, but thankfully, this film manages to limit
these needless diversions. The central story, although a familiar one, is
well written and rather interesting. Definitely worth checking