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Pat Jordan (article)
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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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Very few of the right moves See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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 (uncredited)
Sherri Taylor ... Cheerleader (uncredited)
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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
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
Pat McCorkle .... casting: New York
 
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
 
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
Dan Dewey .... location manager (as H. Dan Dewey)
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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91 min
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Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson performed a majority of their own nudity in their love scene. However body doubles were used for insert shots. The same body doubles were also used earlier in the film for insert shots in the make-out scene in the car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Stefan takes his plaid shirt off twice in the locker room before practice.See more »
Quotes:
Steff:We didn't quit, you quit!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue Skies ForeverSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very few of the right moves, 27 June 2005
Author: hall895 from New Jersey

Nothing here you haven't already seen many times before. All the Right Moves is one big cliché from beginning to end. The small mill town where nobody ever amounts to anything. The high school football team that the townspeople take much too seriously. The kid who sees football as his only way out. The girlfriend who is not appreciated because, well, she doesn't play football and nobody in this town cares about anything besides football. The big game that the team just has to win. The setbacks before that big game that will make it much harder for them to do so. The conflict between players and their coach. Secondary characters (but not our hero heaven forbid) making terrible decisions which will destroy their future. The problem our hero faces and the inevitable way that problem will be dealt with. If you can't see very early on how all this is going to turn out, well you obviously haven't seen too many movies. This is about as predictable as movies get.

About the only thing which makes this film even remotely noteworthy are the actors playing the key roles. Tom Cruise is the young football star, Craig T. Nelson his coach and Lea Thompson his girlfriend. Cruise, Nelson and Thompson were obviously destined for bigger and better things. Here, their performances are all fine, with the more seasoned Nelson unsurprisingly being the most convincing. Cruise and Thompson have a rather awkward romance (capped by a rather awkward love scene) but as they're playing young, naive high school kids the awkwardness actually seems to fit. Unfortunately though in the grand scheme of things the actors really don't have much to work with. The characters are unoriginal and clichéd. The story is one we've seen in various incarnations many times before. There's really nothing of note to keep your attention. And the whole thing comes with a sense of inevitability to it that lessens the sense of drama one might otherwise feel. This one will not live long in the memory.

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