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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.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)  »

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When I Fall in Love  »

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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 »


In the final play of the Sugar Bowl, when Lawrence laterals the ball to Gavin, it is actually an illegal forward pass. Lawrence throws the ball at his own 48 yard line and Gavin catches it right at the 50 yard line. The touchdown that he scores would have been called back due to the penalty. See more »


Babs Grey: [watching Gavin's first pro game] It's so rough!
Player's Wife #1: Yep, pro's a different game, honey. Not much rah-rah up here. Not like when you were homecoming queen back in... where was it?
Babs Grey: Louisiana. I was Magnolia Queen.
Player's Wife #2: Most of us were the queen of something. Now? We're just players' wives.
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A Wonderful "Sports" Movie
24 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie has it all. The jock (Dennis Quaid), the high school princess (Jessica Lange), the academic (Timothy Hutton), the party guy (John Goodman), and a great plot that realistically portrays how stars fade from greatness. Along the way the film chronicles important periods in America, like racial segregation.

Jessica Lange's performance is unparalleled (as usual). I would recommend this film to everyone.

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