The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 23, 2014

A Don McCormack column: Goin’ Hollywood... to help Browns find a head coach


Coach Bud Kilmer, of “Varsity Blues”

If you played high school football, you know this movie — as is the case with “All the Right Moves” — is a fairly accurate depiction of the experience... minus Ali Larter and her whipped cream bikini, of course.

And, speaking of jerks (see above), if there has been a bigger horse’s rump as a high school football coach in TV or film history to that played by Jon Voight in this one, these eyes haven’t seen him.

Biggest difference between this film and reality, though, even the players of today would not be daring nor bold enough to lead a revolt as was done in the film.

No, that would be done by their parents...

The verdict — Coach Kilmer is a finalist.

Coach Sam Winters, of “The Program”

A before-its-time film about a big-time college football program, Winters, played by James Caan (who gained fame in a made-for-television movie, “Brian’s Song”), is the face of a program that could be called akin to pretty much every real-life program of today.

With scandals, improper benefits from boosters and alumni, steroids, the grabbed-by-the-gills pressure to keep winning, no matter what, this movie — with Caan at the fore — is more than a bit haunting.

The verdict — Winters’ story is one of redemption. The management team of the Browns doesn’t have any redeeming qualities.


Coach Jimmy McGinty, of “The Replacements”

While Hackman does a tremendous job playing this part, the movie is really led by quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeve in perhaps his best performance) and his love interest Annabelle Farrell (played by the semi-attractive Brooke Langton).

The verdict — Coach McGinty is superb, but having Hackman fill any role other than coach Norman Dale from “Hoosiers” fame is downright un-American.

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