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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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Trivia

John Goodman did actually play college football, at Southwest Missouri State. An injury ended the possibility of a football career, causing him to pursue a drama major instead. See more »

Goofs

During Gavin Gray's first NFL game in 1957, the uniforms depicted for the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers are not historically accurate. The Redskins did not employ the burgundy helmet with the feather stripe along the back until the 1958 season, and the Steelers didn't adopt the Steelmark helmet logo until 1962 and they didn't use black helmets until 1963. In 1957 the Redskins used solid gold helmets and the Steelers used yellow helmets with a single black stripe along the center and black numerals on either side. See more »

Quotes

[about the Gray Ghost's theme restaurant]
Babs Grey: I'm running this place. I'm good at it. Did anybody ever think I was good at anything? I sure didn't.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Workin' in A Coal Mine
Written by Allen Toussaint
Performed by Lee Dorsey
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Thoroughly underrated
16 November 2004 | by brusty1See all my reviews

Even though I do not watch sports anymore, I used to watch them quite a lot and will still watch this movie whenever it's on TV. Definitely one of the best sports films of all time, realistic and superbly acted, this film follows a quarterback hero and his "trophy" wife from college to well beyond retirement. Topics of love, friendship, fidelity, aging and loyalty are all dealt with in profound ways. Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange give probably their best performances ever and the supporting cast does not disappoint. It is melodramatic, but it comes from a place of integrity instilled in the writing and direction of the film. If you're a guy and in the mood to watch something both you and your girl can enjoy, I would highly recommend renting this. It's too bad that so many below average sports movies get more praise than they deserve and lesser known films like this one fall by the wayside. 9/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody's All-American See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,425,796, 6 November 1988

Gross USA:

$12,638,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,638,294
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Visions, Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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