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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.

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Taylor Hackford
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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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Terry Brogan, an aging football player in L.A., is cut early in the season; he needs money, so he takes a job from a shady friend of his, Jake Wise, to track down Wise's girlfriend, Jessie, who's somewhere in Mexico. She's also the daughter of a very wealthy land developer, who owns Terry's team. He heads for Cozumel, finds Jessie, and promptly falls in love with her. He thinks it's mutual, then without warning, she heads back to L.A. and Jake. What's going on with her, and what's the connection between Jake's hold on Jessie and the various politicians, lawyers, and environmentalists who seem to be converging on some sort of land deal? Terry keeps looking for answers. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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


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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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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,100,000
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Dolby

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Taylor Hackford originally wanted Dire Straits guitarist and frontman Mark Knopfler to score the movie. Ultimately, the job went to another respected guitarist, Larry Carlton. See more »

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In the scene where Terry and Jess are arguing on the "ball field" in Chichen Itza, as the camera switches back and forth between the two, in the background behind Jess a group of kids playing ball can be seen at the other end of the arena; when the camera cuts back to her, they're gone, and the next time the camera returns to her, they are visible again, albeit in the very edge of the frame. See more »

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[first lines]
Terry Brogan: Señor! Have you, uh, seen this woman?
Taxi driver: Oh - no, sir.
Terry Brogan: Gracias.
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CBS edited 9 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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MAKING A BIG MISTAKE
Written and Performed by Mike Rutherford
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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VERY loose remake of "Out of the Past"
28 January 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Ex football player Terry Brogran (Jeff Bridges) takes a job from sleazy friend Jake Wise (James Woods)--find his ex girlfriend Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward) who shot him and ran away with a large amount of his cash. Terry tracks Jessie to Mexico...and immediately they fall in love. That's the first hour--the second hour becomes very convoluted with murders and double crosses all over the place.

Interesting movie which is a semi-remake of "Out of the Past". In fact Jane Greer from the original plays the mother of her character here! The original was a strong, well-written film noir. This is not film noir--it's a combination romance/mystery/melodrama. Also Greer played a totally amoral woman in the original--here Ward isn't amoral, just misunderstood. Also Bridges is all pumped up and him and Ward work wonderfully together. Their frequent very R rated sex scenes really work. And it looks great--a portion of the film takes place in Mexico. Still there are definite problems here.

One character, Edie (Swoosie Kurtz) is introduced to provide some REAL clumsy exposition...and doesn't pop up again until a HOUR later. I had forgotten who she was! Alex Karras is incredibly bad in his role. The plot gets way too confused. And the movie isn't sure what it wants to be. It switches gears so much I thought I was gonna get whiplash! The best part of the movie--an incredible car race down Sunset Blvd. has NOTHING to do with anything in the movie! The acting is pretty good. Bridges (in one of his few commercial films) and Ward LOOK fantastic, have great bodies and are both good in their roles. Woods is, surprisingly, pretty wooden. Greer isn't in much but she IS very good. And Richard Widmark hams it up in his small role.

Also the film has a surprisingly somewhat downbeat ending. And there's a wonderful title song by Phil Collins (nominated for an Academy Award).

A very interesting movie. I give it a 6. A sizable hit in its day--but that's because of the steamy sex scenes between Ward and Bridges.


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