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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Bill McKinney ...
Head Coach
Allen Williams ...
Bob Soames
Sam Scarber ...
Assistant Coach
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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She was a beautiful fugitive. Fleeing from corruption. From power. He was a professional athlete past his prime. Hired to find her, he grew to love her. Love turned to obsession. Obsession turned to murder. And now the price of freedom might be nothing less than their lives. See more »


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,100,000 (USA)
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The name of the night-club that Jake Wise (James Woods) ran and owned was "Jake's Palace". Similarly, the name on his novelty license plate on his sports car read "JPALACE". See more »

Goofs

When Terry jumps off the boat onto the island where Jessie is, his pants legs are seen to be wet about half way up to his knees from wading in the surf. When next he is seen, just before he gets to where Jessie is standing, his pants are wet all the way up to his knees. 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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MAKING A BIG MISTAKE
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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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