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All the Right Moves (1983)

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

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Michael Chapman

Writers:

Pat Jordan (article), Michael Kane

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Stefen Djordjevic
Craig T. Nelson ... Nickerson
Lea Thompson ... Lisa
Charles Cioffi ... Pop
Gary Graham ... Greg
Paul Carafotes ... Salvucci
Chris Penn ... Brian (as Christopher Penn)
Sandy Faison Sandy Faison ... Suzie
James A. Baffico James A. Baffico ... Bosko
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Jess Covington
Walter Briggs Walter Briggs ... Rifleman
George Betor George Betor ... Tank
Leon ... Shadow (as Leon Robinson)
Jonas Chaka ... Mouse (as Jonas C. Miller)
Keith Diamond ... Fox (as Keith Ford)
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Storyline

Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Taglines:

Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson Discover Winning Is the Only Way Out. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Right See more »

Filming Locations:

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,625,486, 23 October 1983

Gross USA:

$17,233,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,233,166
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in which Ampipe's team bus is pulling into Walnut Heights for the big game, Johnstown's Vo-Tech School in Richland Township, was used as the Walnut Heights School, which is actually about five miles away from where the game was played (the Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown). See more »

Goofs

When Stefan goes to the field to ask the coach to play in the game, his hair is blowing in the wind. In the reverse angle, his hair is laying down flat. See more »

Quotes

Steff: He didn't quit.
Nickerson: What did you say?
Steff: Salvucci, he didn't quit. None of us quit. I don't know. We beat those guys asses up and down that field tonight! We got nothing to be ashamed of, right? Isn't that right? Maybe the scoreboard doesn't say it, but we won that game. We held them. It was just a fluke. That's all. It's just a fluke.
Nickerson: A fluke? That pass-interference penalty was no fluke. If you had done it the way I taught you, they never would've been down there in the first place, and they never ...
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Connections

Referenced in Spin City: All the Wrong Moves (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Skies Forever
(End Title)
Performed by Frankie Miller
Music by Richard Kerr
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jeff Barry and Brooks Arthur
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an under-rated piece of entertainment
21 July 2001 | by dek1158See all my reviews

A few years ago, I bought the video version of All The Right Moves without having seen it before. I loved it! The characters kept my eyes glued to the screen for the whole 90 minutes.

I emphasized with Stef's internal struggle to rise above his surroundings. Stef, played by one of my fave actors Tom Cruise, is similar to his character Joel from Risky Business. Both Stef and Joel have high hopes for their futures and almost jeopardize them.

As with his character Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Craig T. Nelson plays a football coach who is rough around the edges but has the capacity to redeem himself later.

Lea Thompson's Lisa has more value to the movie than just another girlfriend figure. She too has hopes for the future and feels cheated by the athlete-favored scholarship programs. When Stef verbally pushes her away, she doesn't immediately forgive him; she pulls him into her world first.

Nobody (so far) has mentioned the sound track; it's my favorite part of the movie. The songs do a superb job of setting the tone for the given scene. For example, when Stef is rounding second base with Lisa in the car, the bus ride to the big football game, the party, and the end credits. Sometimes, I watch ATRM just to hear "Blue Skies Forever," sung by Frankie Miller.

All the Right Moves is a good film to watch if you like high school football; are expecting an athletic scholarship; or if you don't like your coach. This movie paved the way for other football flicks like Varsity Blues. Look for it on The Family Channel or at used-movie stores.


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