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


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21 October 1983 (USA)  »

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All Right  »

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Did You Know?


Three schools were used to portray Walnut Heights. Johnstown's Votech as seen when the Ampipe bus arrives for the big game. The locker room scenes were shot at Westmont High School some 20 miles from the Vo-tech. The scene where the team is getting on the bus to go home after the game, where Stefan is not allowed on the bus, was filmed in the parking lot of Westmont Junior High. 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: You are really FUCKED, man!
Nickerson: No son, you are.
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Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »


Easy Street
(First Bar Scene)
Performed by Tony Orlando
Music and Lyrics by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons
Produced by Chips Moman and Brooks Arthur
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All the Right Moves- A Jock Movie that Works ***1/2
14 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another part made for Tom Cruise, the young jock with aspirations for college to pursue a career in engineering. He needs to win the football scholarship to attain his dream. Otherwise, he will be locked into that Pennsylvania steel-mining town. While this is a familiar theme in films, it works well here thanks to the presence of Cruise and Lea Thompson, his young girlfriend who wants to pursue a career in music.

Craig T. Nelson really steals the film in a part that he has relished playing-that high school coach!

After losing a heartbreak, Cruise loses it and in one brief moment after drinking, he does something that can adversely affect his changes for college and his career.

This is basically a story of people who want out of this hum-drum existence and aspire to better things. It is also a story of redemption and ultimate fulfillment of your life's dream. It is masterfully done.

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