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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.



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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 ...
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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 <>

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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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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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