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Against All Odds (1984)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessie Wyler
Terry Brogan
Jake Wise
Hank Sully
Mrs. Wyler
Ben Caxton
Steve Kirsch
Pat Corley ...
Ed Phillips
Head Coach
Allen Williams ...
Bob Soames
Assistant Coach
Jon St. Elwood ...
Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford ...
Kirsch's Girlfriend


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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Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El poder y la pasión  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$25,100,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Actress Rachel Ward was cast in the lead female role in this 1980s film noir mystery-suspense-drama having recently starred in two Hollywood genre related films, the Burt Reynolds urban cop thriller Sharky's Machine (1981), where Ward played a femme fatale, and the film noir detective spoof, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). For the film's passionate story elements, Ward had recently starred in the priestly forbidden love romantic-drama TV series The Thorn Birds (1983). See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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Featured in The Best of Film Noir (1999) See more »


Written by Kid Creole
Performed by Kid Creole and The Coconuts (as Kid Creole & The Coconuts)
Courtesy of Sire Records/Island Records/Champion Entertainment
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Above average film noir remake
1 May 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Loosely based on Out Of The Past, this updating brings some new elements, many of which work, a few of which don't. Neat use of Jane Greer, heroine of the first film, as heroine's mother. So many new twists and turns, knowing the original will not spoil this thriller's conclusion. Only thing as per usual with Taylor Hackford, the film goes on a bit too long, but most of it is so good, you won't mind.

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