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Everybody's All-American (1988)

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 ...
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J. Kevin Brune ...
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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 ...
Georgia Center
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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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Trivia

Michael Apted was all set to direct Thomas Rickman's script in 1982 until Warner Brothers baulked at the $16 million price tag, leading man Tommy Lee Jones and the fact that American football movies never do any business overseas. During its 6 years in development hell, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro all circled the project. See more »

Goofs

When Babs is getting the bad news about their financial situation, the man on the phone says that the "County Assessor" has placed a lien on their account. In Louisiana, the "counties" are called parishes. The man should have referred to the "Parish Assessor". See more »

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[about the Gray Ghost's theme restaurant]
Babs Grey: I'm running this place. I'm good at it. Did anybody ever think I was good at anything? I sure didn't.
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Let's Twist Again
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Performed by Chubby Checker
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More than just a sports movie
11 November 2005 | by (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This movie is more than just a football movie, or a character study of an athlete that can't hang up his shoes. It's a movie about friendship, glory, and how you can't hang on and stop time. It's a theme that's echoed in the civil rights back story as well. Wonderfully acted, this movie always makes me a little sad for Gavin and the gang. No matter how hard they try, they just can't recapture the good times and glory of yesteryear. Whether those good times are scoring on the field, or in love. Tim Hutton, Jessica Lange, and Dennis Quaid all give great performances. This movie is often underrated and overlooked in lists of great sports movies.


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