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All the Right Moves (1983)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian (as Christopher Penn)
Sandy Faison ...
James A. Baffico ...
Mel Winkler ...
Jess Covington
Walter Briggs ...
George Betor ...
Shadow (as Leon Robinson)
Mouse (as Jonas C. Miller)
Fox (as Keith Ford)


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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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Tom Cruise suffered a minor concussion during filming. See more »


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 »


Nickerson: You poured garbage on me, my wife and my little girl.
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Referenced in Spin City: All the Wrong Moves (2000) See more »


Have I Done Anything At All (To Make You Love Me Today)
(Second Bar Scene)
Performed by Toni Wine
Music and Lyrics by Bobby Emmons
Produced by Chips Moman
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an under-rated piece of entertainment
21 July 2001 | by (Dayton, OH) – See 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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