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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson Discover Winning Is the Only Way Out. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,233,166
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rifleman, the quarterback, and Shadow, the receiver, are always called by their nicknames (including in the credits), except once. During the pep rally scene when Riley is telling Stef that Tracy is pregnant, you can hear coach Nickerson off camera in the background if you listen close when he is introducing the players. Rifleman's name is Clarence Oliver and Shadow's name is Austin Williams. See more »

Goofs

When Stefan signs the contract to play football for Cal Poly in exchange for a full scholarship, Vern Nickerson's name is the only name on the contract and Stefan signs the Notary Public line, with no Notary Public in sight. The "County" on the contract is a correct Pennsylvania county (Cambria) but the contract also says "State of California" when they are obviously in Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

Steff: I mean, now you can't even get a job in that god damn mill...
Bosko: The *god damn mill*? Is that your problem, Steff? Hey, fellas. Stefan's got a problem with the *god damn mill* You mean that mill where your father works? Where your brother works?
Lisa: You mean where his brother was laid off!
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The Future Is Not in Rustbelt Pennsylvania
28 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As Stefan Djeordjevic, Tom Cruise wants to move out of Ampipe, Pennsylvania as badly as George Bailey does from Bedford Falls. He plays football, but harbors no illusions about a career in that direction. The pros won't take anyone his size so he just wants to get to college to study engineering. His working class father and brother can't get him there and as a B student no academic scholarships are in the offing. Football really is his life.

The difference between Bedford Falls and Ampipe is the difference between a rising and falling economy. If you remember in It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey gets Sam Wainwright to re-open the old glass works for a plastics factory instead of locating in Rochester. There's a future in Bedford Falls, like there is none in the Eighties Ampipe where industry is relocating to the south and even out of the country. The future is definitely not in rust-belt Pennsylvania.

Everybody wants out of that place except those with no future. Cruise's girlfriend Lea Thompson is jealous because as a band-member there ain't no scholarships for him. The coach Craig T. Nelson wants a winning season so he can get a prize college coaching job. All his other players have ambitions like Cruise.

All the Right Moves was Tom Cruise's sixth film and first dramatic lead, it's the film that made him a star. He was first billed in Losin' It and Risky Business, but this one showed what a good actor he was. If it wasn't for All the Right Moves, Tom Cruise's career would have faded with the eighties.

Lea Thompson gives good support to Tom and Craig T. Nelson is far from the coach that we see in Coach. He's a bitter driven man and not happy when some in the town toilet paper his house after a loss and he sees Cruise on the scene.

Paul Carafotes and Christopher Penn are a couple of other football players whose lives take an abrupt change in direction by other reasons than football. Best supporting player in the film though is James Battico who's stayed all his life in Ampipe. He turns out to be a malevolent creep, very similar to Robert DeNiro in This Boy's Life.

Ampipe stands for American Pipe&Steel. The town, the high school is named it. But the very name I'm sure gives rise to other less flattering nicknames that I'm sure anyone reading this will come up with.

All the Right Moves is one of the best coming of age films ever made and should never be missed when broadcast.


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