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All the Right Moves (1983)

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An ambitious young football star is trapped in a dying mill town--unless his gridiron skills can win him a way out.


Michael Chapman


Michael Kane, Pat Jordan (article)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Stefen Djordjevic
Craig T. Nelson ... Nickerson
Lea Thompson ... Lisa
Charles Cioffi ... Pop
Gary Graham ... Greg
Paul Carafotes ... Salvucci
Chris Penn ... Brian (as Christopher Penn)
Sandy Faison Sandy Faison ... Suzie
James A. Baffico James A. Baffico ... Bosko
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Jess Covington
Walter Briggs Walter Briggs ... Rifleman
George Betor George Betor ... Tank
Leon ... Shadow (as Leon Robinson)
Jonas Chaka ... Mouse (as Jonas C. Miller)
Keith Diamond ... Fox (as Keith Ford)


Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He has everything at stake. He can't afford to lose. He's got to make all the right moves. See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport


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First name-above-the-title top billing on a movie poster for Tom Cruise. In the same year's Risky Business (1983), Cruise had top billing but it wasn't above the title. See more »


Cruise is thrown off the team, but somehow his father and brother know about it in their hometown bar moments after the game is over; yet the team hasn't come home yet. See more »


[to the players in the locker room]
Steff: Listen up, ladies. Brian Riley is going to USC, motherfuckers!
Brian: All I have to do is maintain my fantastic 2.0 grade-point average, and everything is cool.
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Referenced in Spin City: All the Wrong Moves (2000) See more »


This Could Be Our Last Chance
(Car Scene)
Performed by Danny Spanos
Music by Franne Golde, Susan Pomerantz and Sue Shifrin
Produced by Spencer Proffer for Pasha
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Watchable, But Nothing More
14 September 2017 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Tom Cruise movie in order, I come to to his third and final movie of 1983, All The Right Moves.

Plot In A Paragraph: A high school football player (Cruise) desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Like with Risky Business, this is another movie that I don't get people's love for. I find it watchable, and nothing more. Cruise is OK, everyone's favourite TV coach, Craig T Nelson is his usual reliable self, and Leah Thompson (who shares the most unsexy and uncomfortable life scene I have ever witnessed) looks cute, but doesn't really bring much.

One plus is, it has a decent rock soundtrack, which is usually listed first in the end credits with each song stating what scene it was played it.

This was the first movie Tom Cruise's name appeared above the movie title on a poster.

All The Right Moves grossed $17 million at the domestic box office, to end the year the 42nd highest grossing movie of 1983.

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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Right See more »

Filming Locations:

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,625,486, 23 October 1983

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1.85 : 1
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