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Everybody's All-American (1988)

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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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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 ...
Georgia Center
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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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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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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Trivia

Some of the filming of the football scenes took place during halftime of the 1987 LSU-Alabama game. The producers wanted to continue shooting some scenes following the game, so they requested that the LSU fans remain after the game so that they could finish the scenes. However, Alabama won in an upset, and ten minutes after the game, the only fans still in the bleachers were wearing crimson, forcing the producers to finish shooting the following week. 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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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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Features Long-Haired Hare (1949) See more »

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Workin' in A Coal Mine
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Performed by Lee Dorsey
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Football saga.
21 September 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

The saga of a football player is the basis of this film based on a Frank Deford novel. The story covers twenty-five years as the lead character played well by Dennis Quaid goes from absolute Mr. Touchdown USA in college to the pro ranks with a last place team. The game of football is now a business and his profession. Jessica Lange is his sweetheart who marries her gridiron hero and quickly learns being the homecoming queen means little after the magical college days are gone. Although the central part of the film concerns Football this film is much more as it highlights various events of the late 50's into the 60's always keeping tabs on Quaids gridiron exploits. Good support from John Goodman as Quaids devoted college teammate and eventual business partner. Carl Lumbly as Blue a Football player as talented as Quaids character who could have gone for the brass ring in the pro game but opted instead to make things better for his race and achieve something more for himself than scoring touchdowns and hearing cheering crowds. Timothy Hutton is cast as Quaids cousin. An individual who possesses academic skills equal to that of Quaids athletic skills. In the end who has achieved the greater success? A great character study set during a time when the game produced heroes people really believed in even though their idols private lives were not always perfect like they may have imagined.


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