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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:
An effective neo-noir that gets a little convuluted towards the end See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt driver (as Bill Burton)
David Burton .... stunt driver
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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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Phil Collins was contacted by director Taylor Hackford to record a song for the movie. Phil Collins had written "Against All Odds" in 1981 for his first solo album, "Face Value", and the song was originally entitled, "How Can You Just Sit There". Phil Collins left the song off of the album because he felt he had too many ballads on "Face Value" already. After Phil Collins's contact with Taylor Hackford, he recorded the song in two days, one day in New York, the other in Los Angeles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW)See more »

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28 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
An effective neo-noir that gets a little convuluted towards the end, 26 March 2003
Author: Frankie from studio city

Just recently discovering this on dvd, I'm actually suprised I haven't heard much about it before. A modern film noir that's a very loose remake of "Out of the Past" with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas. The film instead focuses on gorgeous, sunny locations like Mexico and the finer locations of L.A. instead of the dark and grungy look that most film noir's follow. Jeff Bridges stars as a pro L.A. football player that gets cut because of a mild injury. Upset because he has some good years left in him, he attempts to sue the team to no avail. Broke and looking for a job, a shady past friend played by James Woods shows up with a job offer: find his girlfriend who split on him and headed to Mexico. This girlfriend also happens to be the daughter of the woman who owns the L.A. pro football team, a ruthless business woman who is primarily interested in real estate and inherited the team from her late husband. When he decides he needs a vacation and the money, he takes Woods up on his offer. After a couple days of useless searching, he finally finds her...and immediately falls in love. The femme fatale is played by Rachel Ward, a hot commodity back then, coming off of The Thornbirds. A spoiled rich princess-type, she eventually succumbs to him and the following scenes are some of the most beautiful sequences put on film. The only commercial movie that has filmed scenes in the gorgeous ancient ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum, these sequences make the film. The sex scene is one of the best I've seen, really putting a passion on the screen without becoming too...late night cinemax. Unfortunately, from here, the film plummets into a convuluted mess trying to deal with issues that seem out of place with the film: The L.A. business elite, gambling, real estate, etc. I think the film is definitely worth a watch for the first two-thirds alone. Also, dvd fans are encouraged to listen to the cast commentary. One of the better commentaries I've heard, there is a lot of great anecdotes from a rare track by Jeff Bridges and James Woods. The two leads really seem to come off as real friends joking and ribbing each other, unlike some of the stuffy professional actor commentaries that are usually the case.

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