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Against All Odds (1984)

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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Eric Hughes (screenplay by), Daniel Mainwaring
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Ward ... Jessie Wyler
Jeff Bridges ... Terry Brogan
James Woods ... Jake Wise
Alex Karras ... Hank Sully
Jane Greer ... Mrs. Wyler
Richard Widmark ... Ben Caxton
Dorian Harewood ... Tommy
Swoosie Kurtz ... Edie
Saul Rubinek ... Steve Kirsch
Pat Corley ... Ed Phillips
Bill McKinney ... Head Coach
Allen Williams Allen Williams ... Bob Soames
Sam Scarber ... Assistant Coach
Jon St. Elwood Jon St. Elwood ... Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford ... Kirsch's Girlfriend
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Storyline

Reluctantly, the penniless, injured, and down-on-his-luck former football player, Terry Brogan, accepts to track down Jessie Wyler: the ex-girlfriend of the old friend and shady nightclub owner, Jake Wise. Now, on the sun-kissed beaches of picturesque Cozumel, Terry not only finds the elusive woman but also, unexpectedly, falls head-over-heels for Jessie, against the backdrop of suspicion and betrayal. More and more, Terry finds himself trapped in an intricate web of passion, intrigue, and murder, as Jessie starts to feel the burden of choice in this dangerous love triangle. Can there be a future? Written by Nick Riganas

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Sometimes love is the most dangerous game of all. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of the Past See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,766,128, 4 March 1984

Gross USA:

$21,689,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,689,062
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This Columbia Pictures film featured a major movie poster with Rachel Ward atop Jeff Bridges in a love scene on a beach. The same studio had once produced a movie about thirty years earlier called From Here to Eternity (1953) which had a beach love scene that became very famous. It featured Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster passionately embracing on a beach with the ocean waves tiding in. The Against All Odds (1984) love beach shot on the movie poster for this film also became very famous though it did not feature sea water like the one for From Here to Eternity (1953) had. See more »

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While not as powerful as it is today, the NFLPA (The player's union) was certainly influential when this film was released. Terry might have had to scale back his lifestyle somewhat; however he would have a lifetime pension fall back upon meaning that he wouldn't have been as broke as the film portrayed him as being. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 9 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Remake of Out of the Past (1947) See more »

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Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
Written and Performed by Phil Collins
Produced by Arif Mardin
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remake of "Out of the Past"
19 December 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Against all Odds" is a 1974 moody remake of the noir classic "Out of the Past" and ultimately less successful. This time around, it's not Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer (though Greer appears in this films as the owner of a football team) but Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. The film also stars James Woods, Alex Karras, Swoozie Kurtz and Richard Widmark. Ward plays Greer's daughter, who runs away from her boyfriend (Woods). When Bridges is cut from the football team, bookie Wood hires him to find his girlfriend. Trouble follows.

Somewhere post-Thornbirds, the beautiful Ward started playing bad girls. Here she's not so much bad, as Greer's character was in the original, but more of a brat and an ingrate. Totally unlikable. The cast is very good, but too much to type so that there were no surprises in the story. Ward usually plays a user, Woods someone snarky, Widmark bad guys, Greer cold as ice. So after meeting everyone, it wasn't hard to figure out that Bridges was asking for trouble. Oh, and did I mention that Saul Rubinek often plays slime and Pat Corley is usually a crooked politician? It was almost paint by numbers.

Despite some beautiful scenery, some good scenes and good acting, Against All Odds left me disappointed. The plot, as in Out of the Past, is a little convoluted, which would be okay if, at the end, you cared. I didn't.


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