Video Review

The Program (1994)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Sports; With: James Caan and Craig Sheffer

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-

Originally posted Feb 11, 1994 Published in issue #209 Feb 11, 1994 Order article reprints
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