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


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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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Did You Know?


Phil Collins was contacted by director Taylor Hackford to record a song for the movie. Phil Collins had written "Against All Odds" in 1981 for his first solo album, "Face Value", and the song was originally entitled, "How Can You Just Sit There". Phil Collins left the song off of the album because he felt he had too many ballads on "Face Value" already. After Phil Collins's contact with Taylor Hackford, he recorded the song in two days, one day in New York, the other in Los Angeles. See more »


In "The Palace" scene where "Kid Creole & the Coconuts" are performing, Terry leaves the main floor and goes into Jake's office. The song playing in the background "Curiosity" skips a beat when heard muffled in Jake's office. 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 and Performed by Phil Collins
Produced by Arif Mardin
Courtesy of Atlantic Records/Virgin Records
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Excellent 80s B-Movie
13 June 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I expected a cringefest, but actually ended up liking this movie a lot. Befitting its era, it has a sleazy "Miami Vice" atmosphere, complete with Porsches, Ferraris, casual jackets, big hair and a great soundtrack including a live show by the one and only Kid Creole. But there's more. Nice location shoots in Mexico - Cozumel, Tulum and Chichen Itza. Jeff Bridges and James Woods, who play fairly complex characters well. A dark script that delivers some good moments, especially during the final 30 minutes.

Yes, it's a B-movie, and at times it feels like a protracted episode of Knight Rider, the A-Team or the aforementioned Miami Vice. But is that a bad thing?

If you're looking for a real 80s experience, find "Against All Odds" on VHS, pop it in your VCR and soak it in.

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