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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Leslie Stone
Joseph Meyer ...
Pep Leader
J. Kevin Brune ...
Roommate
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Fraternity Pisser
Roy B. Stewart Sr. ...
Junie
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Willy Mae
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Man with Gun
Shawn Burks ...
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Storyline

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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Trivia

In the movie, the LSU Tigers won the mythical 1956 NCAA football championship and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. In reality, the team suffered through a dismal 3-7 season and were awarded no bowl invitations that year. See more »

Goofs

During Gavin Gray's first NFL game in 1957, the uniforms depicted for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers are not historically accurate. The Redskins did not employ the burgundy helmet with the feather stripe along the back until the 1958 season, and the Steelers didn't adopt the Steelmark helmet logo until 1962 and they didn't use black helmets until 1963. In 1957 the Redskins used solid gold helmets and the Steelers used yellow helmets with a single black stripe along the center and black numerals on either side. See more »

Quotes

[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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Features Long-Haired Hare (1949) See more »

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It's Not for Me to Say
Music by Robert Allen and lyrics by Al Stillman
Performed by Johnny Mathis'
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one of THE greatest films I have seen
1 April 1999 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

I started to watch this movie on HBO non commitedly but soon found myself engrossed. Nothing else was on so I kept watching. I was struck by the brilliant performance of Dennis Quaid and my heart broke for his character Gavin. I have rarely felt this kind of emotion when viewing a film and was overwhelmed with it. I had never before thought of Dennis Quaid as anything other than the funny guy from Undercover Blues and I was taken aback at his acting. I wept at the end and I felt every kind of emotion it is possible to feel. I cannot even express in words how I was blown away by this superb film and all of the actors involved in it.


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