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Against All Odds -- A broke ex-football player takes a job searching for a missing heiress - but he falls for her while plunging into a dark web of murder and deceit. An atmospheric mystery, with James Woods.
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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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Daniel Mainwaring (1947 screenplays)
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Release Date:
2 March 1984 (USA) See more »
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 »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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
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)
Monty Woodard .... electrician
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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128 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | 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

Did You Know?

The film's two lead star love interests, Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward, both have a connection to novelist Newton Thornburg. Bridges had previously starred in Cutter's Way (1981), a filmed version of Thornburg's novel "Cutter and Bone", whilst Ward later on directed the feature film of Thornburg's novel Beautiful Kate (2009).See more »
Continuity: During the race scene between Terry Brogan and Jake Wise, Jake's dog, who is riding in the front seat with him, disappears during the high speed scenes and then reappears at the very end of the race scene. Also, as Jake prepares to pass a motor home, a rear hatch is open on the motor home and then suddenly it is closed.See more »
[first lines]
Terry Brogan:Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver:Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan:Gracias.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Woods and Bridges Carry Often Confusing Film, 5 August 2012
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Loosely based on a 1947 film noir, "Out of the Past," Taylor Hackford's "Against All Odds" has strong performances in all but the most critical role. Jessie, a confused disoriented heiress, is the romantic obsession of two men and the crux of the film's action. However, Rachel Ward fails to convince that Jessie could obsess anyone with her flat delivery and phoned-in performance. Jessie runs off to Mexico to snorkel and shop, and her gangster boyfriend hires an injured football player to find her. Sending a handsome hunky athlete off to find your girlfriend at the beach is not an inspired idea, and both the expected and the unexpected ensue. The twisted convoluted tale occasionally meanders, and the pacing falters at times. However, when the sweaty romantic scenes are over, the plot manages to re-energize and re-capture attention towards the fade out.

Despite her physical beauty, Ward is the black hole at the film's center. However, her two co-stars are more captivating. James Woods can play slimy gangsters in his sleep, and his Jake Wise is appropriately chilling and creepy, which makes Jessie's attraction to him even less convincing. Evidently Jake had a brain fart when he decided to hire Terry Brogan to search for the girl who deserted him, because Jake and Terry are worlds apart in the looks and charm departments. Jeff Bridges's athletic Terry, who has history with Jake, is unwittingly drawn into a vortex of corruption during his search for Jessie. Although always watchable, Jeff Bridges has had better and more demanding roles than an injured jock playing private eye. Despite a decent script adapted by Eric Hughes from Daniel Mainwaring's original, the film's central mystery is why Jake and Terry would be hopelessly drawn to a shallow drifter like Jessie. Ward received top billing over Bridges and Woods, another mystery as baffling as any in the plot.

Experienced veterans provide solid supporting performances, led by a still-handsome Richard Widmark, who, at age 70, remained a commanding presence. In a nod to film buffs, Jane Greer, star of the 1947 version, appears as Ward's cold distant mother. Location work in the Mayan temples of Mexico's Yucatan is travel-log appealing, and the end credits feature an Oscar-nominated title song by Phil Collins. An exciting car race through Los Angeles traffic is thrilling, if pointlessly reckless. Although "Against All Odds" runs more than 20 minutes longer than the 1947 original, Bridges and especially Woods are compelling enough to hold attention even when the tricky plot wanders.

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