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Second String
Second String
Actors: Van Miller, Doug Flutie, Mike Ditka, Chris Berman, Donovan Greer
Director: Robert Lieberman
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Sports
UR     2003     1hr 40min

Second String features cameos by soem of sports' most familiar faces, including Doug Flutie, Mike Ditka and Chris Berman.
     
     
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Actors: Van Miller, Doug Flutie, Mike Ditka, Chris Berman, Donovan Greer
Director: Robert Lieberman
Creators: David Hennings, Alan L. Shefland, Bob Roe, Jere Cunningham, Michael London, Tom Flynn
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Television, Sports
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Family Films, Television, Football (American)
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/28/2003
Original Release Date: 12/18/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 12/18/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 5
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Corny, good tv movie
O. Rios | Texas | 02/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Second String was shown on TNT first.

real basic feel good movie.
Dan Heller is a 1st round 1990 QB Bust, who was drafted i think by the Eagles, who gave up 2 first rounders to get him, which turned out to be Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith.

John Viot is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills now, and has just made the playoffs with Doug Flutie at the helm. After they beat the Giants and make the playoffs, Viot wants to pick up a QB with a big arm to get the team ready for the playoffs.

because they can only sign one player a week during the playoffs, they get Heller, a not so good Insurance broker.

He signs with the Bills even though they doesn't want to, and the whole time, his wife Teri Pollo (Meet the Parents), is supportive and behind him.

and just by coincidence, the entire Buffalo Bills staring offense gets a stomach virus after eating oysters to celebrate making the playoffs.

so in steps Heller and the second string offense to lead Buffalo into the Super Bowl.

they get lucky against San Diego on a punt return for a TD, then go out and beat Miami for the title game to play Minnesota for the Super Bowl. and you can guess what happens at the end...

the movie is EXTREMELY corny, but also funny. its got some good stuff, like Heller's locker room speech after the title game, and some pretty neat football footage including real football clips from the Bills.

what is also cool is that for the shots at Reich Stadium, home of the Bills, they shot that stuff indoors in a smaller football field that is made to look like the real Bills stadium, like the scaled down Alamo in Disney's Davy Crockett.

overall, Second String is a good movie, but it is nowhere near The Replacements, Any Given Sunday, Remember the Titans, or Necessary Roughness. Like someone said, honestly, Little Giants was better than Second String."
This movie was great.
A. Jackson | East Coast USA | 11/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I originally caught this movie on TNT in the middle of the night. What a sleeper. I was so happy when it came out on DVD. If you liked The Replacements or Any Given Sunday, you will love this movie. The ending is very predictable, but it is fun to watch."
Go Figure...
Mellow Johnny | UNH | 10/21/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The title of this movie perfectly describes the acting. Even The Little Giants had better actors than this, and those kids were only like 4 or 5 years old. Ok, so they were probably 12...that's not the point. Second String tries to use those inspiring lines that all football movies have (you know, the ones meant to give you goose bumps), but they don't succeed at all. In fact, they fail with flying colors. When I first saw this movie, I decided that I'd rather be the sunblock boy at a senior citizen's nude beach than watch it again. Needless to say, I haven't seen it since."