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Necessary Roughness (1991)

Scott Bakula , Hector Elizondo , Stan Dragoti  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Harley Jane Kozak, Larry Miller
  • Directors: Stan Dragoti
  • Writers: David Fuller, Rick Natkin
  • Producers: Hawk Koch, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Necessary Roughness" on IMDb

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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 34 year old quarterback; a female place-kicker and a gang of misfits; Ed Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts."

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film March 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
All of the charaters are likeable in their own way. Scott is a great actor who I always enjoy watching. It doesn't quite follow the pattern of other sports films, and I don't agree that it's unrealistic. All they are doing is trying to win, and you will be as pleased as they are when they do.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought you were gonna do one of "these"... April 19, 2006
Format:DVD
This is an old favorite of mine, when it comes to sports comedies. There is something about the way it all came together for this movie that keeps it from getting "tired" over time.

We've all seen the story of the underdog team of misfit athletes that band together to overcome the odds... but it works in this movie, with this cast, and it works very well. The team doesn't "win it all" this time around. They simply prove themselves to be legitimate against seemingly insurmountable odds, which lends credibility to the film, rather than having it play out like so many other sports movies.

Bakula does a great job playing quarterback Paul Blake. His supporting cast is also excellent. This is a great comedy and I highly recommend it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracks Me Up! January 11, 2005
Format:DVD
This movie is awesome!! I never get sick of it. If you've ever played sports or been on sports teams before, you'll really appreciate the humor in this movie.

Coach Riggendorf is hilarious! (especially his halftime speech). The interactions between Coach Riggendorf and Coach Geniero crack me up. They have the funniest bunch of characters on their team (the fictitious Texas State Armadillos) including Andre Krimm (Sinbad), Manu-Manu the Slender, Samurai, Sgt. Wilkerson, McKenzie, the Twins, Paul Blake, Jason Bateman, Featherstone (a.k.a. Stonehands), Popkey, Charlie Banks, Lucy (Kathy Ireland), etc. Rob Schneider is the announcer for the football games in this movie and he is hilarious!! Some of his lines are classic!

Paul Blake (Scott Bakula) plays a former high school football star quarterback who never got the chance to play college football because he had to run the family farm. Coach Riggendorf goes out and recruits Blake to come back from "retirement" and join the team. After some convincing, Blake decides to come back and play quarterback for the Armadillos. They end up having a rough season and lose pretty much every game. The final game of the season arrives and they have to take on the #1 team in the state of Texas. No one expects them to win, but they pull out the improbable victory at the end of the game. This is a hilarious movie that will keep you in stiches throughout!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated movie September 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, this movie is a cliche, feel-good movie. Yes, most of the characters are sterotypes and about as developed as a 2x4. Even with this working against the movie, I feel it still works as a movie. I laughed throughout this movie, and I still quote the movie with friends. The interaction between the two coaches is great. Scott Backula does the reluctant hero that he is so good at portraying. The characters are often times over the top, but I feel they only add to the movie. If you like sports movies, feel good movies, or the little winning one, I think you will love this movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MIGHTY DUCKS FOOTBALL STYLE January 24, 2005
Format:DVD
Necessary Roughness came on the heels of the baseball film "Major League" and follows the same script formula of a group of misfits overcoming all odds and winning the big game. 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 34 year old quarterback, a female placekicker and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero (Hector Elizondo) must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts.

Scott Bakula plays Paul Blake...once a top recruited high school QB who never played college football is brought into lead the team who must play both offense and defense because they don't have enough players. Sinbad plays Andre, a teacher at the college who also joins the team along with Jarvis (Jason Bateman) and a female kicker named Lucy (Kathy Ireland).

The Armadillos go out and get massacred in every game they play, much to the delight of the Dean (Larry Miller) who is no fan of athletics and wants to see the team fail. At the end of the year they find themsevles having to face their state rivals and #1 ranked Texas Colts...the stereotypical team of bad guys you always find in movies like this. Well you can probably guess who wins the game in the end.

Movies like this never come as a surprise. You always know what's going to happen in the end and the joy is the ride getting there. The team is suitably horrible with wide receivers who can't catch, and lineman who can't block and a coach who grows more frustrated with each practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite football movie December 14, 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this movie on some random cable network one day when I was sick in bed. I couldn't stop laughing. The story is of course lame, but it's a comedy so that can be forgiven. Robert Loggia's halftime speech in the final game is halarious. The list of b-list actors will keep you laughing. Go 'dillos!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie. A Classic Football movie
Great Movie. A Classic Football movie. A must have for all those ex-high school football players..
Published 10 days ago by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars great enjoyable movie
this movie is great it is funny and enjoyable everyone will love this movie
Published 19 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME
Published 21 days ago by C V
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 21 days ago by ronald bruckner
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem
For some reason a lot of people don't know or have never heard of this movie but this is one of my favorite football movies. Really funny movie.
Published 25 days ago by Steven McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie
Published 28 days ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WONDERFUL MOVIE AND SELLER WAS GOOD TO DEAL WITH.
Published 1 month ago by LARRY NESBITT
2.0 out of 5 stars Just sit back and enjoy for an hour and a half
Just in the mood for something you don't have to contemplate later? Necessary Roughness is for you! Scott Bakula is adequate, Kathy Ireland is adequate, the while cast is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mel Greier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT FOOTBALL MOVIE FOR MY COLLECTION..100%
Published 1 month ago by Shawn A.
5.0 out of 5 stars another college/university FOOTBAL MOVIE to add to my collection
Got to watching this movie...quite enjoyed this movie because it dealt with university/college football team trying to get ist image back as leading football team in the state of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wetdreams47
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