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Release Date:
21 October 1983 (USA) See more »
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He had a dream but the dream had begun to sour...busting to break out he had to make... See more »
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A high school footballer desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Those Steel Mills Are Largely Gone Now See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Suzie
James A. Baffico ... Bosko
Mel Winkler ... Jess Covington
Walter Briggs ... Rifleman
George Betor ... Tank

Leon ... Shadow (as Leon Robinson)

Jonas Chaka ... Mouse (as Jonas C. Miller)

Keith Diamond ... Fox (as Keith Ford)
Paige Price ... Tracy
Debra Varnado ... Charlotte
Donald A. Yannessa ... Coach
Kyle Scott Jackson ... Sherman Williams

Terry O'Quinn ... Freeman Smith (as Terrance O'Quinn)
Victor Arnold ... Henry the Bartender

Dick Miller ... Teacher in Auditorium
Clayton S. Beaujon ... Drunk in Bar
William L. Stibich ... Kurowski
Mercy L. Rigby ... Girl at Party
Emma Floria ... Angela (as Emma Floria Chapman)
Mary Mihaljevic ... Woman at Wedding
Dana Hoover ... Friend #1
Laurel Eatman ... Friend #2
Donald B. Irwin ... Principal
Darlene Dudukovich ... Civic Teacher
Valerie Zabala ... Gina
John W. Simkovic ... Detective
Bill Slivosky ... Detective
Greg Jacobs ... Guard
Thomas R. Boyd ... Official
Phillip Zdunczyk ... Walnut Heights Center
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Barckhoff ... High school football player (uncredited)

Darren W. Conrad ... Walnut Heights Football Player #21 (uncredited)
Sherri Taylor ... Cheerleader (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Chapman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pat Jordan  article
Michael Kane  written by

Produced by
Stephen Deutsch .... producer
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... co-producer (as Phillip Glodfarb)
Gary Morton .... executive producer
Lucille Ball .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Campbell  (as David Richard Campbell)
 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography) (as Jan DeBont)
 
Film Editing by
David Garfield 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Marci Liroff 
 
Art Direction by
Mary Ann Biddle 
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist (as Sugar Blymer)
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist (as Irving Buckman)
Anthony Esposito .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager (as Phillip Goldfarb)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Emmitt-Leon O'Neill .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Douglas M. Keenan .... property master (as Doug Keenan)
Everett Olson .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Richard Friedman .... sound effects editor (as Dick Friedman)
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (as Bob Gravenor)
David M. Ice .... sound effects editor
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ramirez .... sound effects editor (as Steve Ramirez)
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor (as Richard A. Sperber)
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
William Jacobs .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects (as Joe Unsinn)
 
Stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunt coordinator
Reid Rondell .... stunt double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer
Norman Lang .... electrician
Jay Levy .... second assistant camera
Eric Meola .... special still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Michael Stone .... camera operator (as Mike Stone)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Clayton Hill .... extras casting
Sharon Hill .... extras casting
Patricia McCorkle .... casting: New York (as Pat McCorkle)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Hopper .... costumer: women
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Joseph Roveto .... costumer: men
 
Editorial Department
Wendy Greene Bricmont .... associate editor (as Wendy Bricmont)
Cari Coughlin .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Dan Dewey .... location manager (as H. Dan Dewey)
 
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music supervisor
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Debra Young Carbone .... music production coordinator
George Doering .... musician
Bobby Emmons .... composer: additional music
Russ Regan .... music consultant: Polygram Records
Armin Steiner .... scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Skip Wilson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Kevin Bowser .... stand-in for Craig T. Nelson
Sharon Clark .... assistant to producers
Charlotte Dreiman .... production coordinator
Ellen Levene .... unit publicist
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor (as Lillian O. MacNeil)
Herb Rabinowitz .... production consultant
Lydia Telo .... assistant auditor
Rusty Warren .... auditor
Donald A. Yannessa .... football technical advisor
Mary Lou Devlin .... production secretary (uncredited)
Lisa Hackett .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Rubal .... thanks
Sherri Taylor .... thanks
 

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The film's "heavy" Walnut Height's star power back "Alexander" is long rumoured to have been played by the late Ohio State University running back Barry Walker, who recently passed away after fighting with cancer (R.I.P.)See more »
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Miscellaneous: 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 »
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 would've scored, and we would've won that game! You're just as responsible as he is.
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Those Steel Mills Are Largely Gone Now, 9 May 2016
Author: romanorum1 from Rhode Island, United States

Ampipe (Johnstown, PA), a depressed and gritty steel town located just outside of Pittsburgh is in obvious decline. It had been founded long before by Ampipe Pipe and Steel when steel was big. In the old days young men left high school, acquired a job at the mill, married, fathered children, and bought a house while they were still young. Most of the local men still work at Ampipe, but layoffs are increasing. Enter Stef Djordjevic (Tom Cruise), a cornerback for his Ampipe High School football team (The Bulldogs), who wants a college scholarship to an engineering college, his ticket out of town. He displays his Penn State pennant on his bedroom wall. Stef resides with his father (Charles Cioffi) and older brother, Rick (Gary Graham), both of whom work in the mill.

Stef doesn't always act in a nice way but is generally likable. His problem is his attitude, which drives his Coach, Nickerson (Craig T. Nelson), mad as a hatter. Stef does not always listen to his coach's teachings. Stef maintains a B average at Ampipe High, not good enough for a college scholarship. So he needs football as his meal ticket. Stef happens to be a very good defensive player, although he is not the star of his team. Meanwhile Coach Nickerson too is looking for a way out of Ampipe, as he has a chance to become defensive backfield coach at Cal Poly. The coach is tough and no-nonsense, and really works his players hard during the practices. He is less than perfect, and when players make mistakes, he considers them as quitters on the team.

Even though the movie revolves around high school football, it is more about inter-personal relationships than about the gridiron. In fact, the big game against the Knights of Walnut Heights, a richer school undefeated and ranked number three in Pennsylvania, occurs only half-way through the movie, not at the denouement. And yet an interesting well-filmed piece does involve the road game: the long bus journey to Walnut Heights with the players thinking their individual thoughts, the tensions in the locker room, the pre-game prep talk, the long spiral football spinning through the air, the hard hits and grunts in the rain, and the eventual heartbreaking loss.

Nevertheless, the important matter is the story of life, as when the two teen-aged protagonists (Stef and Lisa, Lea Thompson) finally get around to expressing their true feelings. Secondary characters have their stories to tell. There are the men, laid off from work, who drown their sorrows in the local gin mill. One young man in financial difficulty becomes desperate enough to commit a robbery. A life-changing event involves a cheerleader who becomes pregnant. Then there are the antics of a bar room bully. Stef himself becomes tense as his expected football scholarships fail to materialize.

In summary the plot is decent, and even though the movie is not a great one, is still worth watching.

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