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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?


In the movie, the LSU Tigers won the mythical 1956 NCAA football championship and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. In reality, the team suffered through a dismal 3-7 season and were awarded no bowl invitations that year. See more »


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 »


[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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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »


Untill Forever
Written by Glen Ballard (uncredited), James Newton Howard (uncredited) and Narada Michael Walden (uncredited)
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Thoroughly underrated
16 November 2004 | by 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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