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Against All Odds -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Mainwaring (1947 screenplays)
Eric Hughes
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Release Date:
2 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
VERY loose remake of "Out of the Past" See more (69 total) »

Cast

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Rachel Ward ... Jessie Wyler

Jeff Bridges ... Terry Brogan

James Woods ... Jake Wise

Alex Karras ... Hank Sully

Jane Greer ... Mrs. Wyler

Richard Widmark ... Ben Caxton

Dorian Harewood ... Tommy

Swoosie Kurtz ... Edie

Saul Rubinek ... 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

Jonathan Terry ... Ryskind
Paul Valentine ... Councilman Weinberg
Ted White ... Security Guard with Dog
Stone Bower ... Security Guard

Mel Scott-Thomas ... Quarterback
Barnetta McCarthy ... Receptionist #1
Ginger LaBrie ... Receptionist #2
David Dayan ... Car Valet
Tom Kelly ... Football Announcer

Kid Creole ... Kid Creole (as August Darnell)
Adriana Kaegi ... Coconut
Cheryl Poirier ... Coconut
Taryn Hagey ... Coconut
Tundra the Wonder Dog ... Jessie's Dog - Sam (as Tundra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Coati Mundi ... Kid Creole's Band (uncredited)
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Directed by
Taylor Hackford 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Hughes 
Daniel Mainwaring  1947 screenplay

Produced by
Jerry Bick .... executive producer
Bill Borden .... associate producer
William S. Gilmore .... producer
Taylor Hackford .... producer
Gene Rudolf .... consulting producer
 
Original Music by
Larry Carlton 
Michel Colombier 
 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin 
 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
Richard Lawrence 
 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
 
Makeup Department
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup consultant
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jim Cranston .... production manager
Tom Joyner .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Elvin .... second assistant director
Stephen J. Fisher .... first assistant director: second unit
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director
Nilo Otero .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Chris Butler .... lead man
Emily Ferry .... property master
Howard Hester .... construction coordinator
Gregory Pickrell .... set designer
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Bullock .... sound editor
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
John Keating .... sound transfer
Tom C. McCarthy .... sound editor
Richard Oswald .... adr editor
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt driver (as Jophery Brown)
David Burton .... stunt driver
William H. Burton .... stunt driver (as Bill Burton)
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunt double: Sully
Bud Davis .... stunt driver
Bud Davis .... stunts
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt driver
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver: Ferrari
Charlie Picerni .... stunt driver (as Charles Picerni)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunt driver (as Ronnie Rondell)
Dennis Scott .... stunt driver
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt driver (as Glenn Wilder)
Dick Ziker .... stunt driver
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James F. Boyle .... gaffer
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (as John Burnett)
Pat Campea Jr. .... key grip: second unit
Earl L. Clark .... camera operator
Craig Denault .... camera operator
Frank P. Flynn .... photographer: second unit
Daniel C. Gold .... second assistant camera
Rob Hahn .... first assistant camera
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip
Nick Kurges .... second grip
Dan Lerner .... Steadicam operator
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Edward R. Nedin .... best boy (as Ed Nedin)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician
James M. Sheppherd .... dolly grip (as Jim Sheppherd)
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Fred Waugh .... camera operator: second unit (as Fred M. Waugh)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Starr Dresner .... key costume supervisor
James Lapidus .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Don Brochu .... assistant editor
Sheri Eisenberg .... digital mastering colorist
Rick Meyer .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Curt Sobel .... supervising music editor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver
Jim Kirby .... driver: camera car, second unit (as James Kirby)
David Marder .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager
Ron Lambert .... supervising lab timer
Jerri Lauridsen .... assistant: Mr Hackford
David R. Lawson .... unit medic
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant
Booker McClay .... publicist
Dan Perri .... title designer
June Samson .... script supervisor
Jill Vandermeer .... production office coordinator
 

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Runtime:
128 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (1984) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (theatrical rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R (Certificate #27136) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The name of the fictional American gridiron football team was the "L.A. Outlaws". They were based on the real life football team the "L.A. Raiders".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The blood disappears from Terry's hand as he runs out of the building after tending to Hank.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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Soundtrack:
VIOLET AND BLUESee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
VERY loose remake of "Out of the Past", 28 January 2005
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Ex football player Terry Brogran (Jeff Bridges) takes a job from sleazy friend Jake Wise (James Woods)--find his ex girlfriend Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward) who shot him and ran away with a large amount of his cash. Terry tracks Jessie to Mexico...and immediately they fall in love. That's the first hour--the second hour becomes very convoluted with murders and double crosses all over the place.

Interesting movie which is a semi-remake of "Out of the Past". In fact Jane Greer from the original plays the mother of her character here! The original was a strong, well-written film noir. This is not film noir--it's a combination romance/mystery/melodrama. Also Greer played a totally amoral woman in the original--here Ward isn't amoral, just misunderstood. Also Bridges is all pumped up and him and Ward work wonderfully together. Their frequent very R rated sex scenes really work. And it looks great--a portion of the film takes place in Mexico. Still there are definite problems here.

One character, Edie (Swoosie Kurtz) is introduced to provide some REAL clumsy exposition...and doesn't pop up again until a HOUR later. I had forgotten who she was! Alex Karras is incredibly bad in his role. The plot gets way too confused. And the movie isn't sure what it wants to be. It switches gears so much I thought I was gonna get whiplash! The best part of the movie--an incredible car race down Sunset Blvd. has NOTHING to do with anything in the movie! The acting is pretty good. Bridges (in one of his few commercial films) and Ward LOOK fantastic, have great bodies and are both good in their roles. Woods is, surprisingly, pretty wooden. Greer isn't in much but she IS very good. And Richard Widmark hams it up in his small role.

Also the film has a surprisingly somewhat downbeat ending. And there's a wonderful title song by Phil Collins (nominated for an Academy Award).

A very interesting movie. I give it a 6. A sizable hit in its day--but that's because of the steamy sex scenes between Ward and Bridges.

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