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Everybody's All-American (1988)

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A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Frank Deford (novel), Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Babs
Dennis Quaid ... Gavin Grey
Timothy Hutton ... Donnie 'Cake'
John Goodman ... Lawrence
Carl Lumbly ... Narvel Blue
Ray Baker ... Bolling Kiely
Savannah Smith Boucher ... Darlene Kiely (as Savannah Smith Bouchér)
Patricia Clarkson ... Leslie Stone
Joseph Meyer Joseph Meyer ... Pep Leader
J. Kevin Brune J. Kevin Brune ... Roommate
Wayne Knight ... Fraternity Pisser
Roy B. Stewart Sr. Roy B. Stewart Sr. ... Junie
Pat Pierre Perkins Pat Pierre Perkins ... Willy Mae
Aaron Neville ... Man with Gun
Shawn Burks Shawn Burks ... Georgia Center
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Storyline

Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame and success have passed him by and that he no longer is the hero everyone keeps reminding him he should still be. His dissatisfaction with his life leads to strains in his marriage, and Gavin begins to wonder who he is, if he's not a hero anymore. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Their life story is a love story

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When I Fall in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,638,294
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Visions, Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the LSU Tigers won the mythical 1956 NCAA football championship and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. In reality, the team suffered through a dismal 3-7 season and were awarded no bowl invitations that year. See more »

Goofs

During the black and white footage of the 1955 Sugar Bowl (as seen in flashback and newsreel footage and stated specifically as 1955 footage by the accompanying voice-over) a 1957 Sugar Bowl graphic design adorns the midfield. See more »

Quotes

Babs Grey: You once asked for his name for a chain of drive-ins.
Narvel Blue: Too late for that now.
Babs Grey: Then will you give me a job?
Narvel Blue: I got a hundred black men need jobs! Black women, too. Why should I give you one?
Babs Grey: Because you need white faces.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny DeVito/The Bangles (1988) See more »

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Workin' in A Coal Mine
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More than just a sports movie
11 November 2005 | by tj_mowerSee all my reviews

This movie is more than just a football movie, or a character study of an athlete that can't hang up his shoes. It's a movie about friendship, glory, and how you can't hang on and stop time. It's a theme that's echoed in the civil rights back story as well. Wonderfully acted, this movie always makes me a little sad for Gavin and the gang. No matter how hard they try, they just can't recapture the good times and glory of yesteryear. Whether those good times are scoring on the field, or in love. Tim Hutton, Jessica Lange, and Dennis Quaid all give great performances. This movie is often underrated and overlooked in lists of great sports movies.


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