The Program

The Program

By David S. Ward

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1993-09-24
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Director: David S. Ward
  • Production Company: StudioCanal
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 467 Ratings


Eastern State University's football program attracts the finest players in the country from a variety of backgrounds and works to mold them into a fiercely motivated top ten team. Pushed to perform, these elite athletes collide on and off the field -- testing their commitment and character while fighting the demands and pressures of winning at all costs. However, beyond the thrill and pageantry of game day lies a world that cheering crowds seldom see. With the coveted prize of competing in a championship bowl game as their goal, the players -- including star quarterback and Heisman trophy contender Joe Kane, freshman tailback Darnell Jefferson and teammates Alvin Mack and Ray Griffen -- endure both physical pain and emotional failure. With the ever-threatening presence of their coach, Sam Winters, alternating between inspirational father figure and cruel dictator, pushing them to excel beyond their limits, this season is as violent and intense as anything these young men will ever experience. This production captures the essence of high-stakes college football where players and coaches straddle the line between their passion for the game and paying the ultimate price of success.




  • An incredible movie packed with humor!

    By Bel of the Bal
    “Let’s put the women and children to bed and go looking for dinner.”!
  • One of the best football movies!

    By ixworks
    Such a great flick. And, Kristy Swanson! Wow! I’m definitely adding this film to my purchase list when it’s on sale again!
  • A place at the table!

    By sixmanz
    Best movie ever.
  • The Real Story of College Football

    By Cephas6AV
    One of the grittiest, true to real life football movies ever. A classic! So many great moments. Epic football action and great acting.
  • Weak plot, weak conflicts, and weak acting..

    By oopfoo
    ...add up to an extraordinarily weak movie. And it's a shame, because the makings of a GREAT movie were RIGHT THERE. The movie grazes against all the tropes of big-business college football: injuries, academic malfesance, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, poverty, violence, malformed relationships, egos...EVERYTHING. But then, after each trope is given it's minute or so of screen time, the conflict is simply swept away. The attempted rape is covered up, the drunk driver gets rehab, the cheater is allowed back into school, and the girl realizes she just can't live without the assh*le-with-a-heart-of-gold quarterback. All of these things are SERIOUS PROBLEMS, but the movie simply glides by them with barely a glance, coming to rest on a warm, fuzzy, "we'll get 'em next year!" These people are AWFUL, and the movie IGNORES it to arrive what? There's no resolution, it's just an ending. At heart, THE PROGRAM says nothing, illustrates nothing, is nothing. It's a movie trying to be edgy and deep without understanding any of the issues it pretends to grapple with.
  • Love this movie

    By Mike the teacher
    I am so thankful that you let us buy the movie now!!!! Love this movie!!! Thank you. Watched it twice already.
  • Let us purchase!!!

    By kylekues
    I come here every Tuesday looking to see if this and The Sandlot are available to buy. Got Sandlot a couple of weeks ago, and got so excited when this returned a search result... Only to kill my joy with rental only. Make it for sale! Update 11.01.206... let us buy it!
  • Please 👏

    By Rm40
    Let us buy it already!!!!
  • Let fans buy

    By Ts619
    Why can you rent this and not buy it?? Make available to purchase. Thanks
  • Let us buy!

    By GIJoeQ
    LET US BUY!!!