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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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Bob Soames
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Ahmad Cooper
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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One of two 1984 films starring actor Jeff Bridges. Both were from the Columbis Pictures stable. The other movie was John Carpenter's Starman (1984). See more »

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In the scene where Terry and Jess are arguing on the "ball field" in Chichen Itza, as the camera switches back and forth between the two, in the background behind Jess a group of kids playing ball can be seen at the other end of the arena; when the camera cuts back to her, they're gone, and the next time the camera returns to her, they are visible again, albeit in the very edge of the frame. 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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Film Noir - You've Gotta Be Joking!
31 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

What is it with some people? You find a word that sounds like you are knowledgeable about the film industry and use it to death. Never mind if its correct, just use it and sound like you are some intellectual film critic. Ha!

That said, why were we supposed to care about the lives of two washed-up bores? By the time Terry (Jeff Bridges) found Jessie (Rachel Ward) in Mexico, I had long stopped caring whether she was alive or dead.

The so-called plot - a bad-tempered, rebellious brat (acting more like a silly teenager than a grown woman) lives with a gangster to spite her wealthy family. They fight, she leaves him and is supposedly so intriguing that he hires a has-been football player to find her and bring her back. When Terry finds her, he falls in love with her. Why? She was a rude, cold, manipulative liar. Neither one of these characters was fleshed out enough to make them appealing.

I felt sorry for Jake (James Wood). Yes, he was a shady type but he genuinely cared about Jessie and trusted Terry to find her. I don't think he would have tried to hurt her or make her stay if she really let him know that she was through with him. He just wanted a second chance and was willing to do whatever it took to get it. He was betrayed both by Terry and his hired help, Tommy (Dorian Harewood). He even defended the goon when someone made an insulting comment about him. He had loyalty to the people who worked for him, which doesn't make him seem that bad. At least he was honest enough to know what he was and not make excuses. How was Jessie's mother's friend Ben any better? Ben was Jake's boss but because he was wealthy and hid behind a cloak of "respectability" he pretended to be superior to the Jakes of the world.

Terry should have counted his lucky stars in escaping from the clutches of these repulsive people. I think he should have taken a second look at that legal secretary. She put her life and job on the line to help him and nearly became a doberman's dinner for her trouble!


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