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Against All Odds (1984)

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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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
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Ed Phillips
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Bob Soames
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Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford ...
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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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Sometimes love is the most dangerous game of all. See more »


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Out of the Past  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,100,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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This Columbia Pictures film featured a major movie poster with Rachel Ward atop Jeff Bridges in a love scene on a beach. The same studio had once produced a movie about thirty years earlier called From Here to Eternity (1953) which had a beach love scene that became very famous. It featured Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster passionately embracing on a beach with the ocean waves tiding in. The Against All Odds (1984) love beach shot on the movie poster for this film also became very famous though it did not feature sea water like the earlier picture did. See more »

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When Brogan finds Kirsch lying dead in the shower the camera zooms in on a close-up of Kirsch's face. You can see that Kirsch's pupils are constricted by the bright light. A real corpse's eyes would be fully dilated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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WALK THROUGH THE FIRE
Written and Performed by Peter Gabriel
Courtesy of Geffen Records/Charisma Records
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One of my all-time favorites!
27 January 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I give this movie a 10. I'm a longtime fan of Jeff Bridges, and this is one of his best. Jeff is the only good guy surrounded by bad guys and worse guys. Even the women are treacherous, except Swoosie Kurtz, who plays a kind of pathetic, lonely secretary. "Against All Odds" is a remake of an older film, but they've done a nice job updating it. There are so many twists and turns in the plot, it will keep you guessing right up to the end.

I don't want to give anything away, but there's a great car chase scene that will have you on the edge of your seat. There are some nice scenes of the ruins at Chichen Itza (in Mexico) and the beautiful island of Cozumel before it became a tourist trap. The soundtrack is great too.

I've seen this movie at least 10 times on video, maybe more. When I first saw it in the theater in 1984 I hadn't even heard of James Woods before. He is truly a plus in this picture, in fact all the cast is really good. Even though this is in the category of "Romance" it's not a chick-flick. Guys will like it too.


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