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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 ...
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Allen Williams ...
Bob Soames
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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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Sometimes love is the most dangerous game of all. See more »


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El poder y la pasión  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The character equivalents in the movie compared to the original Out of the Past (1947) film were as follows: Rachel Ward portraying Jessie Wyler played the Jane Greer role of Kathie Moffat; Jeff Bridges portraying Terry Brogan played the Robert Mitchum role of Jeff Bailey and James Woods portraying Jake Wise played the Kirk Douglas role of Whit Sterling. Interestingly, Jeff Bridges' equivalent character in the first film, Jeff Bailey, had the same first name as his own. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW)
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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