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Against All Odds (1984)

 -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  2 March 1984 (USA)
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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

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Jessie Wyler
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Terry Brogan
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Jake Wise
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Hank Sully
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Mrs. Wyler
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Ben Caxton
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Tommy
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Edie
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Steve Kirsch
Pat Corley ...
Ed Phillips
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Bob Soames
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Jon St. Elwood ...
Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford ...
Kirsch's Girlfriend
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Storyline

Terry Brogan, an aging football player in L.A., is cut early in the season; he needs money, so he takes a job from a shady friend of his, Jake Wise, to track down Wise's girlfriend, Jessie, who's somewhere in Mexico. She's also the daughter of a very wealthy land developer, who owns Terry's team. He heads for Cozumel, finds Jessie, and promptly falls in love with her. He thinks it's mutual, then without warning, she heads back to L.A. and Jake. What's going on with her, and what's the connection between Jake's hold on Jessie and the various politicians, lawyers, and environmentalists who seem to be converging on some sort of land deal? Terry keeps looking for answers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the director of "An Officer and A Gentleman" comes a different kind of film. See more »


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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El poder y la pasión  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,100,000 (USA)
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Apparently, the picture was one of the first movies that Columbia Pictures allowed to have music play over the studio's lady with the torch logo at the start of the film. See more »

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During the race scene between Terry Brogan and Jake Wise, Jake's dog, who is riding in the front seat with him, disappears during the high speed scenes and then reappears at the very end of the race scene. Also, as Jake prepares to pass a motor home, a rear hatch is open on the motor home and then suddenly it is closed. See more »

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[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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remake of "Out of the Past"
19 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Against all Odds" is a 1974 moody remake of the noir classic "Out of the Past" and ultimately less successful. This time around, it's not Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer (though Greer appears in this films as the owner of a football team) but Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. The film also stars James Woods, Alex Karras, Swoozie Kurtz and Richard Widmark. Ward plays Greer's daughter, who runs away from her boyfriend (Woods). When Bridges is cut from the football team, bookie Wood hires him to find his girlfriend. Trouble follows.

Somewhere post-Thornbirds, the beautiful Ward started playing bad girls. Here she's not so much bad, as Greer's character was in the original, but more of a brat and an ingrate. Totally unlikable. The cast is very good, but too much to type so that there were no surprises in the story. Ward usually plays a user, Woods someone snarky, Widmark bad guys, Greer cold as ice. So after meeting everyone, it wasn't hard to figure out that Bridges was asking for trouble. Oh, and did I mention that Saul Rubinek often plays slime and Pat Corley is usually a crooked politician? It was almost paint by numbers.

Despite some beautiful scenery, some good scenes and good acting, Against All Odds left me disappointed. The plot, as in Out of the Past, is a little convoluted, which would be okay if, at the end, you cared. I didn't.


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