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Jocks (1987)

Scott Strader , Perry Lang , Steve Carver  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Strader, Perry Lang, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Roundtree, R.G. Armstrong
  • Directors: Steve Carver
  • Writers: David Oas, Michael Lanahan
  • Producers: Ahmet Yasa, John C. Broderick
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U6A2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jocks" on IMDb

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An odd-ball misfit tennis team is playing their hardest to score in this lively action-packed comedy where the game of love is the main event both on and off the court. System Requirements:Run Time: 90 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 787364705399

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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From Crown International Pictures, who describe themselves as a `leading force in independent film production and distribution', which is just a fancy way of saying purveyors of schlock, comes Jocks (1987), another in a slew of dumb teenage comedies released throughout the 1980s. Directed by Steve Carver (Big Bad Mama, Lone Wolf McQuade), the film stars Scott Strader (The Karate Kid), Mariska Hargitay (Ghoulies, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), and Perry Lang (1941, Alligator). Also appearing is Richard Roundtree (Shaft), R.G. Armstrong (Children of the Corn), Stoney Jackson (Angels in the Outfield), Adam Mills (Snowballing), Don `Ogre' Gibb (Revenge of the Nerds), Trinidad Silva (UHF), Christopher Murphy (Valley Girl), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), and Tom Shadyac, whose since gone on to directing such films as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Bruce Almighty (2003).

As the movie begins we learn the men's tennis program at L.A. College is in jeopardy, even though they've been winning under their coach Chip Williams (Roundtree). Why? Well, it seems the head of the athletic department and coach of the football team named Bettlebom (Armstrong), a creepy, tracksuit wearing jackhole with a ridiculous hairpiece, wants to take the scholarship monies for the tennis team and use it for his football program (oh yeah, he also believes tennis is for pansies). But here's the thing...since the men's tennis team are the only sports program with a chance of winning a national title, the president of the school, played by Christopher Lee, won't allow Bettlebom to discontinue the program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic June 11, 2012
This is by far the best movie ever about a college tennis team. I only wish they would include some extras like directors commentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Animal House on the tennis courts July 11, 2009
By MAster
A college tennis team on a road trip to Vegas gets into a great deal of trouble, but must win the conference title or all their scholarships are lost. Comedic mayhem ensues as the guys scam their way to the title.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Jocks" (1986) August 7, 2011
plot outline: when an odd-ball tennis team of a Los Angeles college sets out on a road trip to a regional college tennis tournament in fun-filled Las Vegas, all the stops are out and literally "anything goes" both on and off the court.

my personal comments: a silly, but often very funny movie that has the "under-dog" tennis team of misfits beating the other "top-dog" tennis team. Christopher Lee has sort of a cameo in this film in a few scenes, and he is quite good. This is a typical 80's teenage hormone film, fun to watch for strictly entertainment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Uncle's Movie October 2, 2009
So my uncle Michael Lanahan wrote this movie back in the 80's. He originally titled it "Road Trip" but the distributor titled it "Jocks" something he hates. He said to me the film was meant to portray what colege life was back in the 80's.
There is an interesting cast my uncles favorite being Christopher Lee (evil wizard from Lord of the Rings) whom he got to know well. So there is a little background.
So here is my opinion of the movie, I like the character of Ripper and the Black guy, there the funniest in my opinion. The story is good but I mean it was almost to easy, I wish things got a little more complicated before they manage to win the Tennis Championship. I laughed some but I never was cracking up, like with "Old School" or Animal House". So all in all I give the movie a "C".
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