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Against All Odds (Special Edition)

Rachel Ward , Jeff Bridges , Taylor Hackford    DVD
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I highly recommend buying this "Special Edition" DVD of AGAINST ALL ODDS (1984). First of all, the screen size is widescreen, but not the squeezy frame. This is almost a full screen. There is so much more to the picture left, right, and up and down. Beautiful locations. This DVD also includes two music videos, Phil Collins, "Take A Look At Me Now" and Kid Creole & The Coconuts, "My Male Curiosity". Also in the Special Features section are 20 minutes of deleted scenes you will finally see here. Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward really make a good couple on-screen. Good acting. Rachel Ward is excellent. I wish they could have made another film together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not quite a classic. April 9 2002
This movie has developed a cult-like following usually only reserved for horror movies and obscure comedies. That's unusual because it was a pretty decent hit.
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.
Mild recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD transfer!!!!!! April 6 2002
I have always liked this film, but felt that it was poor quality on VHS, but now with DVD, it looks brand new, I hesitated, but bought it & it shines on DVD!!!!!, & is loaded with extras, the film stars Jeff Bridges as a down-on-his-luck football player who winds up being let go, like many, he is in over his head & needs money, James Woods is the answer to his problems so it seems, Woods hires his somewhat friend to find his girlfriend(Ward) who has fled to Mexico to escape his wrath, Bridges reluctantly agrees, & eventually finds her only to fall in love with her, the love scenes are steamy to say the least, but eventually she flees back to Woods after a mishap befalls her & Bridges, once back in L.A., Bridges is then hit with all kinds of mishaps involving blackmail that could destroy him & ultimately Woods, the movie then switches gears as Woods & Bridges try desperately to out do one another, it is clear that a love tri-angle is apparent in that Woods somehow senses Ward's desire for Bridges, this is the kind of movie that the viewer has to follow closely to understand what is going on, it is well-directed in that it keeps you guessing, with real-estate deals that may or may not be fraudelent, with Bridges, Woods, & Ward caught up in the mix, again, you really have to follow the story, with great sceneries in Mexico & L.A., this is truly a great film & probabaly one of Bridges & Woods best. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPENS TO WASHED UP FOOTBALL PLAYERS? Feb. 9 2002
In "Against All Odds", Jeff Bridges plays an aging football player, Terry Brogan, who is released from the LA Outlaws after he injures his shoulder. He blew millions of dollars and is left with nothing more than a Porsche that isn't even paid for. What's the poor guy to do? Work for a slimeball named Jake Wise (played flawlessly by James Woods...of course) and stalk the guy's ex-girlfriend (Rachel Ward). Terry ends up falling in love with Jake's girlfriend and tries to protect her from her ex. If you respect free-spending, point shaving athletes who treat women like dirt then you will enjoy Bridges' character. I find it hard to empathize with him and I really didn't care if he got the girl in the end or not. "Against All Odds" is yet another flick with a protagonist who is difficult to care about. Terry was offered a coaching job after his football career had ended and he should've jumped at the chance instead of becoming involved with shady activities. Then maybe the viewer would actually care about what happens to him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BLAST FROM THE PAST Dec 28 2001
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Before 'eighties became a cliche, it was considered modern and chick. This is a serious film from that era. It takes its time for the story to develop and for the dialogue to sink in. James Woods gives an excellent performance as a nightclub owner and a gangster. Rachel Ward does an excellent job portraying an adventurous woman in an age before adventurous women in pop culture came to be signified with guns and leather jackets. The film is really two films in one; the first is a romantic triangle between James Woods, Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. The connection between athletics and organized crime and nightclubs hangs ominously in the background and the characters are subtle, if not sophisticated, showing off the eighties hip in the natural setting, and it culminates in Jeff Bridges discovering the girl.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Follow
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 talking
Published 11 months ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
It was a pleasure to see this movie again, I missed Rachel Ward , and fabulous music of Phil Collins
Published 17 months ago by tosia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne !
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
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 more
Published on March 18 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst movies of all time
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 more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by Sunny16
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Bridges at his best
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 more
Published on Sept. 11 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies of all time!
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 more
Published on June 30 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars JEFF IS YUMMMYYYY!!!!!!
okay this movie was pretty bad! the only good thing about it were the sex scenes. i tried really hard to follow what was going on.. Read more
Published on April 13 2003 by Carrie
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