Against All Odds [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Ex-football star, Terry Brogan, is sent to Mexico to find the spoiled daughter of the owner of his former team. She also happens to be the girlfriend of Terry's gambling buddy Jake (James Woods). Of course, he does find her and they fall in love. Or is she just using him?
The acting is pretty good - Jeff Bridges was pretty sexy at this point (and I'm a straight GUY!), Woods is always good, and Rachel Ward always seems to play the same character so I can't fault anything here. The movie gets bogged down in the politics played between Terry, his agent, and a subplot involving some land-development. A streamlined script would have made this much better. Direction is good, though, especially in the car race.
If you're looking for steamy remakes of old movies try Body Heat instead. William Hurt plays virtually the same character as Bridges does here and the script is much tighter.
The second part of the film is poorly done, essentially it's a remake of Chinatown with a giant conspiracy that unites the real estate developers wit organized criminals and the football team in one universal conspiracy. Guns are fired, people wind up dead and everything is tied up neatly in the end. It's too conveniet to be a decent thriller and it avoids the complications of dealing with girl leaving the leading man on her own free will and going back to the creep she used to be with, which come to think of it, is the realistic ending!
They could have made an excellent film by developing the romantic story to its conclusion and treating it relaistically, as they had the first part of the film, leaving the guy holding the empty bag in the end, alone and picking over the remains of his career, instead they opted for a typically Hollywood conclusion of ending up with the Big Bang fireworks of biblical proportion that lets the leading man get away clean and start over again.
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A classic: transports one back to 1980s nightlife and winter trips to Mexico. including Tulum and Chichen ItsaPublished 12 months ago by PdeG
I really didn't understand this movie. Its not bad but not the greatest. It has a good car chase in it and lots of sex scenes not ,much talkingPublished on Nov. 12 2013 by Suzy
It was a pleasure to see this movie again, I missed Rachel Ward , and fabulous music of Phil CollinsPublished on May 8 2013 by tosia
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by MFJ
I love this movie. I saw it two nights in a row, with two different boyfriends back when it came out in the theatre. Read morePublished on March 18 2005
I just saw this movie for the first time and all I can say is, I want those two hours of my life back. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2003 by Sunny16
No actor has ever looked more sexy on film than Jeff Bridges does here. His chiseled physique, his tousled hair, and all his graceful movements and facial expressions kept me... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003
Bad acting (Rachel Ward can't act her way out of a paper sack!), bad soundtrack (the beginning of the 80's tyranny of phil collins), terrible writing-- what a mix. Read morePublished on June 30 2003