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Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 27 September 1991 (USA)
Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule.

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Stan Dragoti

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Paul Blake
Hector Elizondo ... Coach Ed Gennero
Robert Loggia ... Coach Wally Rig
Harley Jane Kozak ... Dr. Suzanne Carter
Larry Miller ... Dean Phillip Elias
Sinbad ... Andre Krimm
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Carver Purcell
Rob Schneider ... Chuck Neiderman
Jason Bateman ... Jarvis Edison
Andrew Bryniarski ... Wyatt Beaudry
Duane Davis ... Featherstone
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Eric 'Samorai' Hansen
Marcus Giamatti ... Sargie 'Fumblina' Wilkinson
Kathy Ireland ... Lucy Draper
Andrew Lauer ... Charlie Banks
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Storyline

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a thirty-four-year-old quarterback, a female placekicker, and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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This gang of loners, loonies and losers are about to become something they've never been before. A team See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Necessary Roughness See more »

Filming Locations:

Azle, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,513,130, 29 September 1991

Gross USA:

$26,255,594

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,255,594
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the fictional Texas State University plays a football game against Southwest Texas State University, a real university located in San Marcos, Texas. In 2003, Southwest Texas State University changed its name to Texas State University at San Marcos. See more »

Goofs

At halftime of the final game several of the players including Blake have their shoulder pads off. Anyone who has ever played football knows how ridiculously hard it is to take pads off and put them back on. No player would take their pads off at halftime. See more »

Quotes

Paul Blake: He's a coach, I'm a football player. The man can't talk to me like I'm human.
Suzanne Carter: Have you tried?
Paul Blake: I tried with you.
Suzanne Carter: Look, you have to understand how hard it is to get resp...
Paul Blake: Respect as a female teacher, yeah. You ought to try getting respect as a football player sometime.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 7 seconds to cut two of the film's three uses of strong language for a '12' rating. Video versions are uncut, and upgraded to a '15' rating. See more »

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A fine football flick, with enough zany humor and romance to please both sexes
26 September 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Paul (Scott Bakula) was a great high school quarterback in Texas, where he never lost a game. However, his father died after football season was over and Paul felt obligated to take over the family farm. Therefore, he turned down scholarships and never went to college. But, now Texas State wants him, wants him badly. The university has had a long history of NCAA violations and, consequently, is having trouble recruiting players. But, with a new, straight-arrow coach (Hector Elizondo), his assistant (Robert Loggia), and a dedicated college president, Texas State is trying to turn the tide. Paul, although he is now 34, agrees to join the team and the freshman class. Wouldn't you know it, though, he soon has a run-in with an attractive female professor (Harley Jane Kozak), who refuses to accept his growing interest in her. And, with a ragtag roster of only 17 players, playing both offense and defense, can they win any games? This is a fine football flick with some elements of romance thrown in, too, to please any viewer. The cast is very nice, with Bakula, Elizondo, Loggia, Sinbad, a tiny-bit- pretentious Kozak, a lovely Kathy Ireland, a very funny Rob Schneider, and a hilarious Larry Miller whooping it up all the way. The football scenes are quite fine as well, which should please any true gridiron fan. Yes, unfortunately, the film looks dated, with its out of fashion costumes and its mediocre camera work. The Texas setting, however, is rather welcome. All in all, if you love the game-with-a-pigskin, you must arrange to view this one. You will find it greatly entertaining. Fans of romcoms, too, who are running out of material, will be pleased with the efforts here as well.


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