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Everybody's All-American (1988)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  4 November 1988 (USA)
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A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.

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Gavin Grey
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Donnie 'Cake'
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Lawrence
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Narvel Blue
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Bolling Kiely
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Darlene Kiely (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
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Joseph Meyer ...
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Willy Mae
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Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame and success have passed him by and that he no longer is the hero everyone keeps reminding him he should still be. His dissatisfaction with his life leads to strains in his marriage, and Gavin begins to wonder who he is, if he's not a hero anymore. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Their life story is a love story

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4 November 1988 (USA)  »

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When I Fall in Love  »

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$12,638,294 (USA)
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A key scene featuring a candlelight parade involving large numbers of extras was filmed when snow started falling. Despite the beauty of the scene, director Taylor Hackford elected to reshoot the scene, as snow in Baton Rouge in November was such a rare event that he was worried it would be seen as a special effects goof in the film. See more »

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During the black and white footage of the 1955 Sugar Bowl (as seen in flashback and newsreel footage and stated specifically as 1955 footage by the accompanying voice-over) a 1957 Sugar Bowl graphic design adorns the midfield. See more »

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[Gavin and Narvel are preparing to race each other down the street]
Narvel Blue: Look here, Ghost. You ain't got nothing to gain by this. I beat you, word gets out the Grey Ghost got whupped by a nigger. You beat me, they'll just say the Ghost beat some nigger just like he beats everybody else.
Gavin Grey: I ain't doin' it for what people say, Blue. Let's race.
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Among the most underrated movies --
3 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As I recall this movie was panned by the critics and was a box office

bomb when it was released in '88 but I consider it one of the best films in recent years and one of the best sports movies of all time.

Gavin Grey is a '50s LSU football star who has few interests or talents off the field. He's seen as a shallow. but basiclly decent, product of the 1950s south. He's under no illusion about the fleeting nature of his fame, and the movie avoided the usual cliche of protraying him as a bigoted simpleton or a sanctimonious do-gooder. It takes you through his pro career with the Redskins, a humiliating stint with the Denver Broncos when he's way past his prime, and the final heartbreaking episode with his 1955 teammates at LSU Tiger stadium. In the meantime wife Jessica Lange has found unknown talents as a businesswoman, adding to the pathos of Grey's status as a has-been. Dennis Quaid is superb as Grey, especially when showing him as a middle-aged ex-jock.

Everybdy's All American? Everybody connected with this project should be congratulated. I'd like to think that, someday, this film will get the credit it deserves.


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