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All the Right Moves (1983)

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

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Michael Chapman

Writers:

Pat Jordan (article), Michael Kane
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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>

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He plays to win See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Right See more »

Filming Locations:

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,625,486, 23 October 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,233,166
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise suffered a minor concussion during filming. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Steff: You are really FUCKED, man!
Nickerson: No son, you are.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.217 (2006) See more »

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Music by Richard Kerr
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Produced by Jeff Barry and Brooks Arthur
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Everything "Varsity Blues" tried to be
9 December 2002 | by Deceptikon225See all my reviews

I would have to say that this is one of the better movies realisticly portraying small town high school football to ever have been made. Tom Cruise gives a wonderful performance indicative of his future superstardom and even though Craig T. Nelson seems to be typecast as a coach, he plays the role to perfection. The scene of the big game against neighboring rival Walnuts Heights was shot so masterfully, you felt like you were on the 50 yard line. You could just feel the tension in the locker room before kickoff. Even though this film came out when I was 11 years old, I remember in high school our whole football team would gather at the coach's house the night before a game and watch this movie. I don't think that there has ever been a movie since that has come along that portrays high school football, its significance to Small Town USA and the young men who portray the roles of "Friday Night Gods" with such gritty realism as this film.


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