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Against All Odds (1984)

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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

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Taylor Hackford
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Ward ... Jessie Wyler
Jeff Bridges ... Terry Brogan
James Woods ... Jake Wise
Alex Karras ... Hank Sully
Jane Greer ... Mrs. Wyler
Richard Widmark ... Ben Caxton
Dorian Harewood ... Tommy
Swoosie Kurtz ... Edie
Saul Rubinek ... Steve Kirsch
Pat Corley ... Ed Phillips
Bill McKinney ... Head Coach
Allen Williams Allen Williams ... Bob Soames
Sam Scarber ... Assistant Coach
Jon St. Elwood Jon St. Elwood ... Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford ... Kirsch's Girlfriend
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Storyline

Terry Brogan, an aging football player in L.A., is cut early in the season; he needs money, so he takes a job from a shady friend of his, Jake Wise, to track down Wise's girlfriend, Jessie, who's somewhere in Mexico. She's also the daughter of a very wealthy land developer, who owns Terry's team. He heads for Cozumel, finds Jessie, and promptly falls in love with her. He thinks it's mutual, then without warning, she heads back to L.A. and Jake. What's going on with her, and what's the connection between Jake's hold on Jessie and the various politicians, lawyers, and environmentalists who seem to be converging on some sort of land deal? Terry keeps looking for answers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the director of "An Officer and A Gentleman" comes a different kind of film. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of the Past See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,100,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film featured an eclectic musical mix, including a musical score written by Michel Colombier and Larry Carlton, a title song by Phil Collins, who was then an established solo artist as well as lead singer of the popular British rock band Genesis, and additional music by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, former Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel, Scottish rock band Big Country and Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac and Kid Creole and The Coconuts. See more »

Goofs

When Brogan finds Kirsch lying dead in the shower the camera zooms in on a close-up of Kirsch's face. You can see that Kirsch's pupils are constricted by the bright light. A real corpse's eyes would be fully dilated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 9 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in NCIS: Judgment Day (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

MAKING A BIG MISTAKE
Written and Performed by Mike Rutherford
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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This film does not work. Why not? Now there's a question...
30 April 2004 | by sjcobertSee all my reviews

This is the sort of film that you leave, recognizing that the film as a whole never "came together", but trying to figure out just WHERE it went wrong. The script was (or at least should have been) intelligent, the actors were competent... so what went wrong?

The best answer I could come up with (and heaven knows I'm no big shot Hollywood critic) was the way James Woods portrayed the character of Jake. This guy should have come off as a bigger-than-life, high-level Mafioso type; I got the impression of a cheap hood who tried to make himself look big as the front man for the real boss. When Jake orders the ex-football player to do a routine murder and the jock goes along with it, it doesn't underscore what a big man Jake is; it cheapens the lead character to think that he'd take orders to commit murder from the weaselly underling.

It didn't help this movie in the long run - okay, maybe its box office - that the continuous play of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" on radio and MTV effectively made this movie a must-see... and regardless of how good the tune was and what it was nominated for, the lyrics had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with what happened in the course of the movie.


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