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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:
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 ...
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


Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When I Fall in Love  »

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$12,638,294 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The game scenes were shot in LSU's Tiger Stadium during the halftimes of actual LSU games. The goalposts were altered to resemble the vintage "H" posts as needed during filming. Vertical posts will moved in place for the bottom portion of the H, and a multi-colored fabric covering was used to conceal the center upright. Upon completion of filming, the vertical posts and fabric were retracted so as not to interfere with the LSU games. 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: 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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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.4 (2015) See more »


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Written by Hank Ballard
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Thoroughly underrated
16 November 2004 | by (Columbia, Missouri) – 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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