Varsity BluesJanuary 15, 1999
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
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
Tiffany C. Love
Thomas F. Duffy
(as Thomas Duffy)
(as Jill Parker Jones)
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
Opening Weekend: $17,515,723
(17 January 1999)
(18 April 1999)
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
Well not "here" here, but somewhere here.
A pleasant surprise
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