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All the Right Moves (1983)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  21 October 1983 (USA)
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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:
Charles Cioffi ...
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)
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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 <>

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Considered a male version of Flashdance (1983), both movies were about a young person central character living in a Pennsylvanian town and following their dream to become a success and get out of their town. She was a welder in Pittsburgh, he was destined to stay in his mill town unless he can score a scholarship. The film replaced flash dancing with American football and both films had a distinctive rock soundtrack. See more »


When Stefan signs the contract to play football for Cal Poly in exchange for a full scholarship, Vern Nickerson's name is the only name on the contract and Stefan signs the Notary Public line, with no Notary Public in sight. The "County" on the contract is a correct Pennsylvania county (Cambria) but the contract also says "State of California" when they are obviously in Pennsylvania. See more »


Steff: Scholarship here, no scholarship here. Who the hell gave you that power?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 9 September 2015 (2015) See more »


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Performed by Roach
Music and Lyrics by Brian O'Neil
Produced by Brian O'Neil
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THis is western Pa!
6 June 2002 | by (pittsburgh,pa) – See all my reviews

Great movie! one of my favorites. All may not like it but for a regional boy this is exactly what western pa is. Small steel towns that have nothing left except their sporting pride. Kids wanting to escape and western Pa's beloved football is the only way out for many. These are the Western Pa. Archeotypes : Some kids love it but feel they can't make it any other way. Salvuchi

Some kids have the talent but need that extra exposure. But it all depends on how individuals in power like you. Stef

Kids with enough talent to get out of the town without added exposure. the receiver who went to West Virginia

The coach who thinks he is God of town if he has some success. Nelson

the disgruntled band student,"why do they get athletes deserve scholarship attitudes" Lea.

The movie nailed the sights and sounds. It showed how whole towns close on friday nights. The football scenes were great! Even besides the football it showed the tough steelman, the guys in towm that slave all day and go to the watering hole right after work before going home for the evening. It showed how serious we Western Pa's take our local sports, We really would trash a coaches yard and fight seventeen year olds if we think they cost the game. Gritty reality to small town life. An under appreciated film that captures a regions attitude and feel in our great Nation! Ampipe is Aliquippa,Duquesne, Johnstown, beaver falls clairton, McKeesport,monesson and the rest of the Mon and beaver Valleys that were created by the US Steel, J&L and Bethleham steel

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