Roughed up by the critics in its theatrical release, this college-football flick holds its own in the video league. Despite its team-overcomes-adversity-to-triumph-at-the-last-minute formula, The Program does manage to tackle real issues like grade-fixing and steroid use. So it’s unfortunate that the movie is best known for what’s not in it: A scene in which players prove their nerve by lying in the middle of a highway was cut shortly after the film’s initial release, as a result of several copycat deaths. James Caan is underused as the crusty coach who needs a championship season, but he is supported by good turns from the highly angst-ridden quarterback (Craig Sheffer) and the straight-from-the-streets rookie running back (Omar Epps). B-
Genre: Sports, Drama; Starring: James Caan, Craig Sheffer, Halle Berry, James Caan, Omar Epps, Kristy Swanson; Director: David S. Ward; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season
Posted February 11 1994 — 12:00 AM EST
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