Everybody's All-American (1988)

R  |   |  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.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Grey
Donnie 'Cake'
Narvel Blue
Bolling Kiely
Darlene Kiely (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Leslie Stone
Joseph Meyer ...
Pep Leader
J. Kevin Brune ...
Fraternity Pisser
Roy B. Stewart Sr. ...
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Willy Mae
Man with Gun
Shawn Burks ...
Georgia Center


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)  »

Also Known As:

When I Fall in Love  »

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$12,638,294 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Babs Grey: You once asked for his name for a chain of drive-ins.
Narvel Blue: Too late for that now.
Babs Grey: Then will you give me a job?
Narvel Blue: I got a hundred black men need jobs! Black women, too. Why should I give you one?
Babs Grey: Because you need white faces.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »


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Performed by Deitra Hicks & Evan Rogers
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Thoroughly underrated
16 November 2004 | by (Columbia, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Even though I do not watch sports anymore, I used to watch them quite a lot and will still watch this movie whenever it's on TV. Definitely one of the best sports films of all time, realistic and superbly acted, this film follows a quarterback hero and his "trophy" wife from college to well beyond retirement. Topics of love, friendship, fidelity, aging and loyalty are all dealt with in profound ways. Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange give probably their best performances ever and the supporting cast does not disappoint. It is melodramatic, but it comes from a place of integrity instilled in the writing and direction of the film. If you're a guy and in the mood to watch something both you and your girl can enjoy, I would highly recommend renting this. It's too bad that so many below average sports movies get more praise than they deserve and lesser known films like this one fall by the wayside. 9/10

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